Dan Simmons' The Terror adaptation in the works

News Louisa Mellor 14 Feb 2013 - 08:51

AMC is developing an adaptation of nineteenth century Arctic expedition horror, The Terror...

Like the Marie Celeste, or the enduring popularity of Rustler's microwavable hamburgers, the fate of Captain Franklin's lost nineteenth century expedition to the Northwest Passage remains a mystery.

Setting off to explore the Arctic in 1845 in the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror, Franklin and his 128-strong crew perished in the ice-fields, leaving behind them widows, fatherless children, and a cracking idea for a horror novel.

Dan Simmons of sci-fi series Hyperion Cantos fame was the one to develop that idea, using it for his 2007 novel The Terror. Simmons told a fictionalised version of the venture, which pinned the tragedy on a mythological beast stalking the Arctic terrain.

Now AMC, home to The Walking Dead, is planning to develop Simmons' Gothic fantasy into a horror TV series (seeing as they've done rather well with one of those of late). David Kajganich, the writer behind the planned It remake, will be on script duty, aided by executive producer Ridley Scott, a man who knows a thing or two about being pursued by murderous creatures in desolate environments. 

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This was one of my best reads ever and can't recommend it enough - in the right hands it would make a bloody great gothic horror series!

If Ridley Scott is involved, I hope someone ties him up and locks him in a closet while the film is being made, so that he cannot do a "Prometheous Wreckage Job" on THIS rather good-sounding premise as well! (Shades of "At The Mountains of Madness"?)

I like a Rustlers burger. Grotty I know, but there we are. Also, the books ace, I recommend it to anyone.

Oh, it's not like Lovecraft's novella at all. A terrific book, and a TV series, with plenty of room to breath in the story and characters, has a good chance of doing it justice.

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