AMC is officially in the Joe Hill business.
The cable network has picked up 10 episodes of NOS4A2, a supernatural horror drama based on Hill’s acclaimed novel of the same name. The series order comes less than a year after a writers’ room gathered for a potential show, developed as part of AMC’s new script-to-series model. (Another adaptation, Marti Noxon’s Dietland, based on the lauded Sarai Walker novel, was also workshopped before getting a series pickup.) Hill will executive-produce NOS4A2 alongside creator/showrunner Jami O’Brien (Fear The Walking Dead) and Tornante Television co-president Lauren Corrao.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the forthcoming adaptation of NOS4A2,” Hill said in a statement. “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. 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.”
“I loved Joe Hill’s fantastic book from the moment I read it, and look forward to continuing to work with Joe, AMC, and Tornante on this exciting material,” O’Brien added.
NOS4A2 introduces Vic McQueen, a young, working-class artist who discovers she has a supernatural ability to track the seemingly immortal Charlie Manx. Manx feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland, a twisted Christmas village of his imagination where every day is Christmas and unhappiness is against the law. Vic must strive to defeat Manx and rescue his victims — without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself.
This marks only the latest adaptation of Hill’s work. The author’s novel Horns served as the basis for the 2014 film of the same name starring Daniel Radcliffe, and he wrote the pilot for Locke & Key, drawn from his comics series, which Hulu recently passed on.
AMC will premiere the 10-episode first season of NOS4A2 in 2019.