AMC has given the greenlight to a new anthology series titled The Terror, which will be based on the novel of the same name by author Dan Simmons.
The series is set in 1847 and follows a Royal Naval crew that, while searching for the Northwest Passage, is attacked by a mysterious predator that then stalks the ship. The script is written by David Kajganich, who previously penned The Invasion, Blood Creek, and True Story. He also worked on the script for the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s It. Kajganich will serve as showrunner on The Terror along with The Killing and The Whispers writer Soo Hugh.
Of the announcement, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV Joel Stillerman said:
“We’ve been focused on developing this incredible story for television with these great partners for a couple of years, and we think it provides rich dramatic material but also an opportunity to explore the anthology format, which is something we’re extremely interested in and offers some unique possibilities. Originality is still something that gets our attention every day, and the very unique mixing of historical non-fiction with a gripping and imaginative science fiction overlay in Dan’s novel is something that we hadn’t seen before. That, combined with an exceptional team behind the project made this something we really wanted to bring to air on AMC.”
Kajganich and Hugh also released statements, with Kajganich saying:
“Dan’s novel is that rare combination of fascinating actual history, ground-breaking genre storytelling, and the complex character work of literature. The chance to launch a series that will incorporate all of these elements going forward, and with a team of this caliber, is extraordinary.”
And Hugh adding:
“As a long-time fan of Dan Simmons, the opportunity to join this project is a dream come true. We look forward to bringing this story to life for the passionate AMC audience.”
Executive producing the series is Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker through Scott’s Scott Free. We recently saw the trailer for another series Scott is producing, Taboo over at FX, which stars Tom Hardy. Also executive producing is Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert from Emjag Productions, and Guymon Casady of Entertainment 360.
AMC has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of The Terror to start, and it’s expected to debut sometime in 2017.