Though the U.S. Postal Service hardly ever delivers our mail, it has delivered endless inspiration to moviemakers since the dawn of American cinema. Remember Cut Bank, which I imagined as a very thickly drawn, sloppy metaphor about the slow death of the USPS? Or The Postman, in which Kevin Costner directs himself as a man who roams a post-apocalyptic America sporting a postman’s uniform? Or, um, Garry Marshall’s Dear God, starring Greg Kinnear as a down-on-his-luck gambler who takes a job at the post office and ends up answering letters written to God? Or The Postman Always Rings Twice, about a postman who doesn’t understand social norms? As I have irrefutably proven here, the USPS is nothing if not a bottomless well of inspiration for some of our country’s finest artistic talents.
David Robert Mitchell—director of a little indie horror flick called It Follows that you’ve probably never heard of before, but that has turned me into a lifelong celibate nun—is now joining those esteemed ranks. Today brings news that Mitchell has written a TV series called Mr. Postman, which “follows [there’s that word again! I’m scared] a mailman who investigates the dark mysteries within his all-American town after a horrific event occurs on his own street.” If I had a dollar for every movie I’ve seen that deploys this trope—“postman as de facto neighborhood detective”—I would have several stamps.
The fact that Mitchell’s lending his massive talent to TV is great news for everyone in America who owns a TV and loves being overcome by feelings of abject horror. It Follows earned an Essential Viewing tag from our own Scott Tobias, who called the film “the best American horror film since The Blair Witch Project” and cited Mitchell’s technical bravado and goosebumps-inducing script as some of its best elements. Mitchell’s first film, 2010’s The Myth Of The American Sleepover, garnered pretty positive reviews and was described as a “tender coming-of-age drama,” which sounds scary in its own right. (Teenagers are terrifying.) To put it simply, Mitchell is really good at scaring the shit out of us, and now, he’ll be able to reach us all in the comfort of our own homes. No one will be safe. Which is great!
Universal Cable Productions and Benderspink are developing the series with Mitchell, who will direct and executive-produce along with Chris Bender, JC Spink, and Jake Weiner. “It will be very fun to build this world, see these characters come to life, and share this mystery,” said Mitchell in a press release. “It will also be very fun to scare the shit out of all of America,” he added before disappearing in a puff of black smoke.