AMC orders 10 episodes of NOS4A2, a horror series based on Joe Hill’s novel

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Apr 10, 2018, 11:59 AM EDT

We’ve got some good news for horror fans. AMC has announced it has ordered 10 episodes of NOS4A2, a new supernatural horror drama based on the novel of the same name by Joe Hill. The author will also executive produce. 

Jami O'Brien (Fear the Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels) developed the show for television and will serve as showrunner and executive producer along with executive producer Lauren Corrao, co-president of Tornante Television. The series is produced by AMC Studios in association with Tornante Television.

“I couldn't be more excited about the forthcoming adaptation of NOS4A2,” said Hill 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.”


NOS4A2 introduces viewers to Vic McQueen, a young, working-class artist who discovers she has a supernatural ability to track Charlie Manx, a seemingly immortal being who feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what’s left of them into Christmasland, a twisted village where it’s Christmas every day and unhappiness is against the law. Okay, so that sounds awful. 

Vic must track down and defeat Manx and rescue his victims. Without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself, of course.

AMC previously announced that it had opened a writers’ room last year for the project under the network’s “scripts-to-series” development model, which the network has successfully used for such series as The Son and the forthcoming Dietland and Lodge 49.

"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?’” Hill added. “I can't wait to see Vic McQueen turn the throttle and go after Charlie Manx in 2019. Let's ride.”

This news must serve as a huge relief to Hill and his fans, as it comes off the heels of the disappointing reveal that Hulu decided to pass on adapting Hill’s and Gabriel Rodríguez’s massively popular horror comic Locke & Key (though the pilot for that show is currently being shopped around, so that story could still receive a happy ending).

Hill is also the author of Horns, which was made into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe. And yes, he's also the son of Stephen King, who we hear dabbles in horror fiction (and is a pretty good author in his own right). 

The series will premiere with 10 episodes in 2019.