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AMC has ordered an anthology drama series based on Dan Simmons’ 2007 bestselling novel “The Terror” to series. Deadline reports that the 10-episode series is slated for a 2017 premiere.
Set in 1847, “The Terror” follows a Royal Naval expedition crew that seeks the Northwest Passage. On their journey, the crew is attacked by a mysterious predator on their ships, which results in a fight for survival. The novel is based loosely on Captain Sir John Franklin’s true life expedition of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, which was lost at sea.
Feature writer David Kajganich will pen the series. Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker of Scott Free will executive produce alongside Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert, principals at Emjag Productions and Guymon Casady of Entertainment 360.
“Dan’s novel is that rare combination of fascinating actual history, ground-breaking genre storytelling, and the complex character work of literature,” Kajganich said in a statement.
“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,” added Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV.
The series has been in development at AMC since 2013.