Now that the network has proven it can make zombie dramas that viewers will tune in for regularly, it is turning to another member of the undead to launch a new series.
The cabler has handed out a series order to the vampire drama NOS4A2. It follows an artist named Vic McQueen who learns that he can track Charlie Manx, a seemingly immortal villain who is feeding off the souls of children.
The remains of the children are then sent to a village from Manx's vivid imagination. Once there, they find that every day is Christmas day and that unhappiness is not something that is tolerated.
Vic embarks on a mission to take down the villain and save all of the lost souls Manx has banished to the elusive place known as Christmasland.
The series is based on the book of the same name by Joe Hill and is scheduled to debut on AMC in 2019.
“NOS4A2 continues in AMC’s rich tradition of immersive dramas that combine otherworldly stories with relatable relationships and big emotional themes,” said David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios.
“Jami O’Brien and the writing team have vibrantly brought Joe Hill’s incredible story to life for the small screen and we are pleased to be making this diabolically unique new show under the AMC Studios shingle, in association with Tornante.”
“I couldn’t be more excited about the forthcoming adaptation of NOS4A2. I know it’s in good hands with showrunner Jami O’Brien: her beautifully composed scripts show a writer at the height of her powers, one who has an exquisite touch with character and a relentless instinct for suspense,” said Hill.
“AMC’s record speaks for itself: who wouldn’t want to be in business with the 'Mad Men' who ‘Broke Bad’ and made ‘The Dead Walk?’ And Tornante’s dedication to bringing singular visions to TV has freed everyone involved to do their best and truest work."
"I can’t wait to see Vic McQueen turn the throttle and go after Charlie Manx in 2019. Let’s ride.”
It certainly sounds like a fresh and exciting concept for a TV show. In recent years, the TV landscape has become littered with similar shows.
AMC has been known to go with unique series in the past that have paid off well for it. Breaking Bad and Mad Men were huge several years ago.
They were risky series to bring to the air, but those risks paid off in a big way.
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