AMC developing Arctic monster drama

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AMC Developing ‘Terror’ Drama Produced By Scott Free, TV 360 &
Alexandra Milchan

EXCLUSIVE: AMC has put in development The Terror, a drama series
adaptation of the 2007 bestselling novel by Dan Simmons, which is
being executive produced by Scott Free TV, Television 360 and feature
producer Alexandra Milchan. Written by hot feature writer David
Kajganich, The Terror is set in 1847 when the crew of a Royal Naval
expedition to find the Arctic’s treacherous Northwest Passage
discovers instead a monstrous predator – a cunning and vicious Gothic
horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival, the
consequences of which could endanger the region and its native people
forever. Kajganich executive produces with Scott Free’s David Zucker
and Ridley Scott, TV 360's Scott Lambert and Meghan Lyvers, Milchan
and Simmons. The project keeps AMC in the genre space where it has
enjoyed a tremendous success with The Walking Dead.

On the feature side Kajganich is writing another book adaptation, The
Stand, based on Stephen King’s novel, for Warner Brothers, Mosaic and
Roy Lee. He wrote True Story for New Regency and Plan B, which is
shooting next month starring James Franco and Jonah Hill; and A Bigger
Splash, an adaptation of the French film La Piscine, which is shooting
later this year with Scott Free producing and Luca Guadagnino is
directing. Milchan serves as EVP of production for New Regency, which
she rejoined in 2011. As an independent producer, her credits include
Paranoia and The Wolf Of Wall Street. Television 360, the TV arm of
Management 360, is behind two series, HBO’s Game Of Thrones and
Bravo’s It’s A Brad, Brad World. 

Under Lyvers, who runs TV 360, the unit has ramped up TV development,
selling five scripts to the broadcast networks this season, one of
which, NBC drama I Am Victor, was picked up to pilot. On the cable
side, TV 360 has The Oath by Mark Heyman in development at Showtime.
Scott Free has a growing TV slate. In addition to the CBS series The
Good Wife, the company is producing the Showtime pilot Vatican,
directed by Ridley Scott; Discovery Channel’s first scripted
miniseries Klondike, starring Chris Cooper; Nat Geo’s upcoming Killing
Lincoln and Killing Kennedy films; non-fiction series Crimes Of The
Century, which was recently acquired by CNN; limited series World
Without End for Reelz, a followup to Pillers Of The Earth; and recent
A&E miniseries Coma. Simmons’ new novel, The Abominable, will be
published by Little, Brown in the fall 2013.
I guess we can assume it ate Eskimos and seals before the Europeans
came along?
Also, the book story includes cannibalism, which never happened during
the doomed Franklin Expedition.