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AMC orders an adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel NOS4A2 to series

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The series, which skipped a pilot order, is set to premiere in 2019

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AMC has officially greenlit a series order of the horror drama NOS4A2 (pronounced “Nosferatu”), based on Joe Hill’s 2013 novel of the same name. Hill is set to executive produce alongside Jami O’Brien (Fear the Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels). Hill is the author of the horror novel Heart-Shaped Box, the future dystopia The Fireman, and the supernatural drama Horns, which was adapted into a 2014 movie starring Daniel Radcliffe.

He’s also the son of author Stephen King, and his books and King’s frequently reference each other. In a 2017 interview with The Verge, Hill compared NOS4A2 with King’s 1986 novel It, which was also recently adapted for the screen. “Everything I know about writing, I learned from my dad — if I didn’t learn it from my mom first,” he said. “NOS4A2, in some ways, is a horror story about horror stories in the way It is a horror story about horror stories.”

Regarding the NOS4A2 series, Hill issued a statement that he’s happy to be working with the network. “AMC’s record speaks for itself,” he says. “Who wouldn’t want to be in business with the ‘Mad Men’ who ‘Broke Bad’ and made ‘The Dead Walk?’” Last summer, AMC announced it would skip the pilot process for the NOS4A2 adaptation, as it’s done with current series like Dietland and Lodge 49, and instead develop the book as a potential full series.

The 10-episode first season will follow Vic McQueen, an artist who discovers she has the power to create a magical bridge that leads her to lost objects. One of those bridges also leads her to serial kidnapper Charlie Manx, who’s hiding stolen children in a place called “Christmasland,” where every day is Christmas. The novel jumps between timelines in Vic’s life, as she battles with Manx and his vampire children.

Not all of Hill’s work has been picked up to series so quickly. Back in April, Hill’s horror comic Locke & Key got a pilot order at Hulu but was stalled briefly after director Scott Derrickson left to focus on TNT’s Snowpiercer series. Then Andy Muschietti, who directed the 2017 adaptation of It, joined the series. But last month, Hulu’s creative team passed on the pilot, which is now being shopped around, according to Deadline. Locke & Key had also previously been in development at Fox in 2010, but it never went to series.

NOS4A2 is set to premiere on AMC in 2019.