AMC has ordered a 10-episode TV series based on Dan Simmons's 2007 novel The Terror.
The novel charts the course of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition, which in 1845 set out to chart the Northwest Passage around Canada on two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. The expedition failed, with the loss of 129 lives. The two ships disappeared and were missing until 2014, when the wreck of the Erebus was discovered.
Simmons's novel sticks closely to the historical record, using actual crewmembers as characters, but adds an element of horror to the book with the expedition being hunted by a terrifying creature.
The TV adaptation will be helmed by David Kajganich and Soo Hugh. Scott Free is the production company. Slightly oddly, the series is being touted as an "anthology" project, suggesting it could continue for multiple seasons exploring other stories in a similar vein. It is unclear if future seasons would adapt other horror novels or would be original creations.
The series is expected to air on AMC in 2017.