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Adaptation Watch: THE TERROR by Dan Simmons Optioned for Television


Daily Dead is reporting that AMC has greenlit a television adaptation of Dan Simmon’s novel The Terror as a limited television series. Specifically, the plan is to produce a 10-episode anthology drama series adaptation of the 2007 suspense/horror novel.

It will be written by David Kajganich, who will also act as the show’s co-showrunner along with Soo Hugh. Executive producers include Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert, and Guymon Casady.

The series is set in 1847, when a mysterious predator attacks a Royal Naval expedition crew searching for the Northwest Passage, leading to a desperate game of survival.

For comparison, here is how the book is described:

The men on board HMS Terror have every expectation of triumph. As part of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, the first steam-powered vessels ever to search for the legendary Northwest Passage, they are as scientifically supported an enterprise as has ever set forth. As they enter a second summer in the Arctic Circle without a thaw, though, they are stranded in a nightmarish landscape of encroaching ice and darkness. Endlessly cold, with diminishing rations, 126 men fight to survive with poisonous food, a dwindling supply of coal, and ships buckling in the grip of crushing ice. But their real enemy is far more terrifying. There is something out there in the frigid darkness: an unseen predator stalking their ship, a monstrous terror constantly clawing to get in.When the expedition’s leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. With them travels an Inuit woman who cannot speak and who may be the key to survival, or the harbinger of their deaths. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear that there is no escape. The Terror swells with the heart-stopping suspense and heroic adventure that have won Dan Simmons praise as “a writer who not only makes big promises but keeps them” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). With a haunting and constantly surprising story based on actual historical events, The Terror is a novel that will chill you to your core.

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1 Comment on Adaptation Watch: THE TERROR by Dan Simmons Optioned for Television

  1. Richard Derus // March 2, 2016 at 6:09 pm //

    Good gravy! We truly live in a new Golden Age of TV quality and quantity. Now someone needs to get Participant Media in this game, doing some GOOD political SF. Wonder if Jeff Skoll reads your blog?

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