The multiple award-winning series Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Mad Men are three of AMC’s most successful shows to date and have helped drive the network. AMC has been heavily promoting its new shows (Fear the Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Preacher) in hopes that one of those series would lure in millions of viewers just like Breaking Bad and Mad Men once did and how The Walking Dead currently does.
Now, according to Inverse, AMC is adding another series titled The Terror. The first season of the anthology show will feature 10 hour-long episodes and is based on the bestselling novel by author Dan Simmons.
The Terror is set in 1847 and tells the story of a Royal Naval expedition threatened by mysterious forces while their ship attempts to navigate through the Northwest passage.
Scott Free from Ridley Scott’s company will serve as executive producer for the series. Free will be writing for the series along with David Kajganich, the screenwriter of The Invasion and a new un-produced adaptation of Stephen King’s It.
Joel Stillerman, the president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV stated “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.” Stillerman also said “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.”
The Terror is expected to premiere sometime in 2017.