Streaming giant Amazon Prime Video has commissioned Propagate Content and The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment to bring award-winning horror podcast Lore to series.
Based on Aaron Mahnke’s (pictured) acclaimed podcast by the same name, the non-fiction horror anthology series explores the people, paranormal creatures and psychologically disturbing true events that have spawned modern-day nightmares.
Launched in March 2015, the podcast garners more than 3.2 million monthly listens and was named “Best of 2015″ by iTunes.
I’m super excited to announce that the TV version of Lore will be an original production from Amazon Video.
— Lore Podcast (@lorepodcast) October 6, 2016
“The thing that made it so intriguing was that they were real life scary stories, because so much of what you see in horror is scripted,” Propagate Content founder an co-CEO Howard Owens told realscreen from his offices in LA. “We thought as a launching point for video storytelling [that] it just felt right.”
What additionally stood out to Owens and Propagate was the investigative research qualities – often using archival material as source material – that Mahnke puts into each story to bring out new topics and details.
“The thing that I thought really made sense was, because these are so particularly researched and crafted by Aaron, I thought that they served as an awesome starting point for an alternative documentary horror series,” says Owens. “The way Aaron ties it together with the larger picture is super compelling.”
The 10-part series will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S., UK, Germany, Austria and Japan in 2017. It will combine narration, historical mixed media and dramatic reenactment to tell each true horror story.
Gale Anne Hurd, Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Brett-Patrick Jenkins and Aaron Mahnke serve as exec producers on the series. Glen Morgan of X-Files fame is attached as showrunner with Phillip Kobylanski to supervise the project on behalf of Valhalla.
“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,” said Hurd in a statement. “And just as Mahnke revolutionized the serial podcast, Amazon is reinventing the unscripted series—and I couldn’t be more excited about the mash-up.”