2:25pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Horror Anthology 'Lore' From 'Walking Dead' Producer Ordered to Series at Amazon
Six months after being put in development, Amazon has scooped up a horror anthology series based on the popular podcast Lore.
The series hails from The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd as well as Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens' Propagate banner.
The unscripted horror anthology will present tales dealing with frightening, psychologically disturbing and often paranormal true events that have spawned modern-day nightmares.The 10-episode entry will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan in 2017.
Lore, created by Aaron Mahnke, has more than 2 million listeners each month tuning in for the 100 percent fact-based tales that are brought to life via heavily researched eyewitness accounts, documented stories and historical events. The podcast, one of iTunes' Best of 2015, was launched in March 2015 and in more than 30 installments explored the true origins of pop culture's most legendary horror characters and myths such as vampires, zombies, werewolves, ghosts, serial killers and witches.
Lore will be exec produced by Hurd, Silverman, Owens, Brett-Patrick Jenkins and Mahnke, who also penned supernatural books including Indian Summer, Consumed and Grave Suspicion. The project was shepherded by Valhalla vp development Phillip Kobylanski, with Propgate development topper Jenkins bringing Lore to the company after reaching out to Mahnke.
“Lore is a thrilling podcast with a rabid following, and we jumped at the opportunity to work with Gale Anne Hurd, Ben Silverman and Howard Owens to develop it into a series for Amazon Prime members,” Conrad Riggs, Amazon Originals' head of unscripted, said Thursday in a statement. “The series will be a truly unnerving and exciting experience that Prime members will not forget.”
Lore marks Hurd's latest small-screen venture. The prolific producer counts AMC's The Walking Dead and prequel Fear the Walking Dead as well as USA Network's upcoming Falling Water.
For Propagate, Lore marks the company's latest TV venture following an unscripted series for Apple with will.i.am.
Lore becomes the latest podcast-turned-TV series, joining Serial, which is in the works at Fox 21 with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. It also becomes the latest individual episode anthology series, joining scripted entries Black Mirror at Netflix and TNT's Tales From the Crypt as both look to take the seasonal approach of American Horror Story a step further.