With the immense success of its horror hit "The Walking Dead," AMC looks to be exploring options to scare its viewers into submission. Deadline reports that the cable network has given the greenlight to an adaptation of Dan Simmons' 2007 bestselling novel "The Terror."
Taking place in 1847, the book follows the crew of a Royal Naval expedition as it explores the Arctic's treacherous Northwest Passage, only to discover a monstrous predator. The crew must fend against the elements as well as the creature as it stalks the ship and pits it in a desperate game of survival, the end result having potential consequences on the Arctic region and its native people forever.
The book is being adapted by feature writer David Kajganich ("The Invasion") who will executive produce the pilot along with Scott Free TV's Ridley Scott and David Zucker, as well as TV 360's Scott Lambert and Meghan Lyvers. Kajganich seems to have a knack for attaining high profile suspense and horror projects, not only writing the 2007 reboot of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" but also currently behind the adaptations of Stephen King's "The Stand" and "It" for the big screen.
"The Terror" adds to director Ridley Scott's growing television slate, having already announced development of several new series including "Vatican" at Showtime, "Crimes of the Century" at CNN, and National Geographic's "Killing Lincoln" and "Killing Kennedy" films.
Any fans of the novel? Could the book be compelling to viewers?