AMC announced via press release on May 31st that Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 was one of three projects that were moving into potential development for series. NOS4A2 is a horror novel written by Joe Hill that spun off into an IDW comic series written by Hill and illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III, Wraith. Hill’s extremely popular comic series with Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key, also from IDW, is currently in production with Hulu.
According to AMC, the first step in the process of developing these three shows is “opening writers’ rooms” for the following:
NOS4A2 from Jami O’Brien (Hell On Wheels, Fear the Walking Dead); Pandora, from Sam Vincent & Jonathan Brackley (Humans, MI-5); and Silent History, from Claire Carré & Charles Spano, (Embers).
According to AMC, these projects are being developed as part of AMC’s “scripts-to-series” model. In this approach, AMC skips the pilot process and instead opens writers’ rooms to develop scripts a takes a “detailed look at a potential first season” before deciding on a straight-to-series order.
Here’s a little more information they’ve released about these projects in development:
“NOS4A2” by Jami O’Brien
Jami O’Brien, executive producer
An AMC Studios and Tornante Co-Production
Based on the novel NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, executive producer
Description: Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. Charles Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides, transporting them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.” Vic, with her gift, is the only one able to track the superhuman Manx. But finding him is the easy part. Defeating Manx and rescuing his victims will take everything Vic’s got and nearly kill her in the process.
“Pandora” by Sam Vincent & Jonathan Brackley
Sam Vincent & Jonathan Brackley, executive producers
An AMC Studios Production
Executive Producer: Sister Pictures (Jane Featherstone, Dan Isaacs and Christopher Fry)
Description: Pandora is a global mystery-thriller that follows three converging storylines as ordinary individuals try to piece together dark secrets leaking out into the world after advanced malware dismantles encryption across the Internet.
“Silent History” by Claire Carré & Charles Spano
An AMC Studios Production
Producer: Owen Shiflett
Based on the app and novel The Silent History by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby and Kevin Moffatt
Description: An adaptation of the award-winning app and novel created by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby and Kevin Moffett, The Silent History tells the story of a generation of unusual children – born without the ability to create or comprehend language, but perhaps with other surprising skills of their own. As the condition spreads to epidemic levels, theories form and society is faced with how to deal with this new evolution of human. Silent History plays on the fears of technology and the threat of “the other,” shaking up our assumptions about who we are and how we should live.