Netflix earned some major bragging points when they partnered to produce and distribute the third season of the critically acclaimed British speculative fiction anthology Black Mirror. The anthology format has rebounded in popularity in recent years thanks to shows like American Horror Story, Fargo, and HBO’s True Detective. Now Amazon Prime is jumping on the bandwagon. Amazon has announced via press release that they’ve greenlit a horror anthology series based on the popular Lore podcast, which brings in over 3.2 million listeners each month.
Due to premiere a 10-episode season on Amazon Prime sometime in 2017, Lore will be an unscripted horror anthology series telling stories of “frightening, psychologically disturbing, and often paranormal true events that have spawned modern-day nightmares.” Created by Aaron Mahnke, Lore explores the real-life stories that inspired horrific legends such as vampires, werewolves, zombies, and the like. The podcast has released some 44 episodes since launching in March 2015, so Amazon clearly has a lot of material to work with.
Amazon’s lore series will be executive produced by Gale Anne Hurd, Ben Silverman (The Office), and Howard T. Owens (Masterchef). Hurd is a natural match for the material, having helped shepherd AMC’s zombie hit The Walking Dead from the beginning. In Amazon’s press release, Hurd said:
Being a horror aficionado, Aaron Mahnke’s Lore podcast captivated me from the very beginning as it explores the terrifying truth behind the world’s most frightening legends. And just as Mahnke revolutionized the serial podcast, Amazon is reinventing the unscripted series—and I couldn’t be more excited about the mashup.
Hurd’s fellow executive producers Silverman and Owens added:
We are thrilled to be working with Gale Anne Hurd and Amazon to bring Aaron Mahnke’s incredible horror franchise to television. Lore has inspired nightmares for millions of fans while capturing our own imaginations, and we couldn’t be more excited to materialize these real-life horror stories in a way never seen before.
Even more intriguingly, TV veteran Glen Morgan is onboard as showrunner. Morgan is a true genre icon whose resume includes The X-Files, Millennium, and the Final Destination movie franchise.
Conrad Riggs, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals, said, “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. The series will be a truly unnerving and exciting experience that Prime members will not forget.”