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Starz has bought Nick Antosca‘s script The Disappearance, which is being produced by red-hot Amblin Television.
The development project revolves around a family struggling to save a son who might destroy them. Antosca, a prolific novelist, screenwriter and journalist from New Orleans, will serve as executive producer and writer, and Amblin will produce the series.
“The Disappearance is a chilling tale that Nick and our partners at Amblin Television are creating, taking viewers on an emotional and frightening journey,” Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik said.
Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin banner has been on a roll of late. The company’s busy development season has included adapting Blake Crouch’s 2013 thriller Abandon for USA Network, TNT pilot Lumen, Fox’s Minority Report revival and A&E’s adaptation of Mexican drama Nino Santo. The banner currently has seven series on five networks: ABC’s midseason drama The Whispers, CBS’ summer duo Under the Dome and Extant, FX’s The Americans, TNT’s Falling Skies and upcoming Public Morals, as well as Fox’s fall debut Red Band Society.
Amblin Television co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (The Americans, Under the Dome) also are executive producing.
The Disappearance centers on Alice Grimson, a mother overjoyed when her teenage son Josh shows up seven years after being kidnapped. She and her husband Tom set aside long-simmering tensions in their marriage to help Josh in his struggle to resume a normal life. But when she connects his return to a series of horrific local murders, Alice begins to wonder if Josh knows something he’s not telling them. Determined to protect her son, she digs deeper into what really happened to him while he was missing — and she enters a nightmare that threatens her life and everything she holds dear.
Starz will retain worldwide rights to the project.
Antosca is a co-producer on Hannibal and previously wrote for Believe, Last Resort and Teen Wolf. He is the author of several novellas, the novel Fires and the short story collection The Girlfriend Game.
He is repped by WME and Circle of Confusion.
Amblin is repped by WME.
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Tracee Ellis Ross