AMC could be taking a trip to Christmasland in the future. Back in December of 2015, it was revealed that the network was considering developing a TV series based on Joe Hill's supernatural novel NOS4A2, and today AMC announced that it has opened a writers' room for NOS4A2 and two other projects.
Led by Jami O'Brien (Hell on Wheels), who, along with Joe Hill, will serve as an executive producer on the series should it move forward, NOS4A2 is now being developed in the aforementioned writers' room.
O'Brien and her team will work together to write scripts for multiple episodes and a framework for the first season, and if AMC likes the concept and story that O'Brien and company come up with, NOS4A2 could be ordered to series.
This "scripts-to-series" system was used by the network to create the new series The Son and the upcoming Lodge 49.
We'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements regarding the NOS4A2 series, and you can read more about it and the other two series that are in the network's writers' room stage in the official press release.
In addition to NOS4A2, Joe Hill fans also have another series adaptation to look forward to, as it was recently revealed that Hulu has ordered a pilot episode based on Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's Lovecraftian comic book series Locke & Key, with Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) directing and Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel, Colony) set as the showrunner.
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Press Release: NEW YORK, NY – May 31, 2017 – AMC announced today that it is opening writers’ rooms for three new projects under consideration for potential series orders: “NOS4A2” from Jami O’Brien (“Hell On Wheels,” “Fear the Walking Dead”); “Pandora,” from Sam Vincent & Jonathan Brackley (“Humans,” “MI-5”); and “Silent History,” from Claire Carré & Charles Spano, (“Embers”).
These projects are being developed as part of AMC’s “scripts-to-series” model, which the network has successfully utilized for new and forthcoming series including “The Son” and “Lodge 49.” Under this new approach, AMC foregoes the traditional pilot process and instead opens writers’ rooms to develop scripts for several episodes and a detailed look at a potential first season before deciding whether to move to a straight-to-series order.
“We look forward to diving deep into these three distinctive projects and opening writers’ rooms that allow our talented creative partners to take their visions to the next level,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “It's gratifying to have Jami, Sam and Jonathan, who have been so important to AMC’s success through their previous work, bring new projects to the network. We also welcome and look forward to working with Claire and Charles as they explore their unique take on an exciting world.”
AMC is opening writers’ rooms for the following projects in development:
“NOS4A2” by Jami O'Brien
Jami O’Brien, executive producer
An AMC Studios and Tornante Co-Production
Based on the novel NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, executive producer
Description: Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. Charles Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides, transporting them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.” Vic, with her gift, is the only one able to track the superhuman Manx. But finding him is the easy part. Defeating Manx and rescuing his victims will take everything Vic’s got and nearly kill her in the process.
“Pandora” by Sam Vincent & Jonathan Brackley
Sam Vincent & Jonathan Brackley, executive producers
An AMC Studios Production
Executive Producer: Sister Pictures (Jane Featherstone, Dan Isaacs and Christopher Fry)
Description: Pandora is a global mystery-thriller that follows three converging storylines as ordinary individuals try to piece together dark secrets leaking out into the world after advanced malware dismantles encryption across the Internet.
“Silent History” by Claire Carré & Charles Spano
An AMC Studios Production
Producer: Owen Shiflett
Based on the app and novel The Silent History by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby and Kevin Moffatt
Description: An adaptation of the award-winning app and novel created by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby and Kevin Moffett, The Silent History tells the story of a generation of unusual children — born without the ability to create or comprehend language, but perhaps with other surprising skills of their own. As the condition spreads to epidemic levels, theories form and society is faced with how to deal with this new evolution of human. Silent History plays on the fears of technology and the threat of “the other,” shaking up our assumptions about who we are and how we should live.
AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series with “Mad Men” in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before “Breaking Bad” won it in 2013 and 2014. The network’s series “The Walking Dead” is the highest-rated series in cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last five years. AMC’s other current original drama series include “Better Call Saul,” “TURN: Washington’s Spies,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” “Humans,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Into the Badlands,” “The Night Manager,” “Preacher,” “The Son” and the forthcoming “The Terror,” “Lodge 49,” “Loaded” and “McMafia.” AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like “Talking Dead,” “Talking With Chris Hardwick,” “The Making of The Mob,” “Comic Book Men,” “Ride with Norman Reedus” and “The American West.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.