Dan Simmons’ bestselling novel The Terror is being adapted into an anthology drama by AMC. The network greenlit the series and has Ridley Scott (The Man in the High Castle), David W. Zucker (The Good Wife), Alexandra Milchan (The Wolf of Wall Street), Scott Lambert (Paranoia) and Guymon Casady (Game of Thrones) on board as executive producers. David Kajganich (True Story) is writing the dramatic series and will be the co-showrunner along with Soo Hugh (The Whispers).
“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,” stated Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “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.”
“Dan’s novel is that rare combination of fascinating actual history, ground-breaking genre storytelling, and the complex character work of literature,” added Kajganich. “The chance to launch a series that will incorporate all of these elements going forward, and with a team of this caliber, is extraordinary.”
Season one will consist of 10 one-hour episodes and AMC’s aiming for a 2017 premiere. “As a long-time fan of Dan Simmons, the opportunity to join this project is a dream come true,” said Hugh, commenting on the series. “We look forward to bringing this story to life for the passionate AMC audience.”
The Plot: The series is set in 1847, when a Royal Naval expedition crew searching for the Northwest Passage is attacked by a mysterious predator that stalks the ships and their crew in a suspenseful and desperate game of survival.