PROVIDENCE, R.I. — AMC is planning to film a new TV series in Rhode Island, “NOS4A2,” a supernatural horror drama based on Joe Hill’s 2013 novel.
Steven Feinberg, executive director of the Rhode Island Film Television Office, said the production will probably begin shooting in the state sometime after Labor Day. The story was first reported by news website GoLocalProv.
Feinberg said an official announcement, including complete cast, will be made shortly. He also said “NOS4A2” is one of two productions that will be made in Rhode Island over the next few months. The second is still unannounced.
According to entertainment trade journal Variety, the project is slated for a 10-episode first season that will air sometime in 2019. It’s being produced by AMC Studios in association with Michael Eisner’s company, Tornante Television. It was created by Jami O’Brien, who formerly worked on “Fear the Walking Dead” and “Hell on Wheels.” Hill, the son of horror master Stephen King, will serve as one of the executive producers.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the adaptation of ‘NOS4A2,'” Hill told Entertainment Weekly. “I know it’s in good hands with show runner 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.”
The title is pronounced “Nosferatu,” a synonym for vampire and the title of one of the world’s first vampire movies. The plot concerns Vic McQueen, a young artist who has a supernatural ability to track the apparently immortal Charlie Manx. Manx feeds off the souls of children, and deposits what’s left into an eerie “Christmasland” where it’s always Christmas and unhappiness is against the law.
Some of the casting has been announced: Olafur Darri Olafsson (“Lady Dynamite”), Virginia Kull (“The Looming Tower”), Ebon Moss-Bachrach (“Punisher”) and YouTube star Jahkara Smith. Feinberg said the leads will be revealed in the official announcement.
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