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AMC will make you feel The Terror in 2014

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 10:00 am by Nathan Tolle

Out of all the books I’ve read over the past five years, the one I’m most tempted to revisit now that the dark months are soon approaching is The Terror, by Dan Simmons. It struck a major chord with me and lingered in my mind for weeks, months, and years later. In about a year from now, thanks to AMC, you will be feeling the terror as well.

Currently in pre-production is a new AMC series based on the true story of British Royal Navy Officer Sir John Franklin’s doomed expedition in 1845, where two vessels named the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror became stuck in frozen waters in the Canadian Arctic. This true story is horrifying and mysterious enough, but Dan Simmons’ novel throws in yet another element to make the situation for the captain and the crew even more hopeless: a mythical creature with a ferocious appetite. The circumstances in which these characters find themselves make the Walking Dead survivors seem privileged and pampered in comparison.

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AMC is obviously hoping to repeat the success it found with The Walking Dead, where it was proven that a smart cable horror series could beat to a bloody pulp the big broadcast networks in the war over ratings. An established Hollywood director, Frank Darabont, helmed the television adaptation to the popular zombie comic book series, and The Terror has found another huge name to serve as executive producer: none other than Ridley Scott. According to the IMDb page for The Terror—which was updated on August 16th—shooting will commence by the end of the year, but not a single name has been attached, or even rumored, to the cast. Hopefully we’ll see some major news revealed soon, because the last time my hopes were this high for a project in pre-production was with Guillermo Del Toro’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, which ended up being tragically shut down indefinitely due to budgetary issues.

The premiere date is as unclear as the cast, but you probably have a little over a year to read the novel and hopefully become as excited as I am. I recommend reading it along with The Flaming Lips’ latest album, with the same title; this haunting music sounds like it was made by aliens stuck on the bleakest planet of the universe, where insanity runs rampant, the meat is rancid, and the sun refuses to melt the ice that entombs you. This book is chilling in every sense of the word, and despite its grisliness, it’s an extremely entertaining read. Given its track record as of late, AMC seems like the perfect place for such terrors to unfold week after week.

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