The 2007 best-selling novel “The Terror” by Dan Simmons is a masterpiece of horror-infused historical fiction, with the famous factual events of Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost Arctic expedition accentuated by recurring encounters with a terrifying fantastical monster.
Now basic cable network AMC (home of “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad”) has adapted “The Terror” into a ten-part television miniseries produced by acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott (“Alien”) and starring Jared Harris (“Mad Men”) and Ciarán Hinds (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”) as the two British ship captains lost in the frozen north.
As “The Terror” is one of my favorite novels from the past fifteen years, I was initially hesitant to see it adapted for the small screen, believing it deserving of a more cinematic take. But this new trailer has allayed my fears and convinced me that this sweeping epic of a tale deserves the full ten-hour miniseries treatment– only if done well, of course, which it certainly appears to have been.
“The Terror” premieres Monday, March 26th on AMC.