Director Ridley Scott attends the 88th annual Academy Awards Oscar nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills on February 8, 2016. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo
LOS ANGELES, March 2 (UPI) -- AMC says it has green-lit a new anthology drama series called The Terror.
The small-screen adaption of the bestselling novel by Dan Simmons is being produced by Scott Free, Emjag Productions and Entertainment 360 in association with AMC Studios. Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker will also executive produce.
Written by David Kajganich, who will also serve as co-showrunner with Soo Hugh, 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," a synopsis said.
Ten, one-hour episodes are expected to premiere in 2017.
"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," Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, said in a statement Wednesday. "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," Kajganich added. "The chance to launch a series that will incorporate all of these elements going forward, and with a team of this caliber, is extraordinary."
"As a long-time fan of Dan Simmons, the opportunity to join this project is a dream come true," Hugh remarked. "We look forward to bringing this story to life for the passionate AMC audience."
The show's cast has not been revealed yet.