Amazon Prime Video has given the go-ahead to put into motion a live action horror anthology series based on the award-winning podcast, Lore, which has the tagline, “Sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.”
Gale Anne Hurd, Ben Silverman, and Howard T. Owens have signed on as executive producers for the new Amazon Original Series. Author Aaron Mahnke is the host and creator of the unscripted Lore podcast, which boasts of 3.2 million monthly “listens” and over 4,100 5-star reviews on iTunes. This week marks the podcasts’ 44th episode of the series. Each episode features a different tale and explains the origins of “true life scary stories.” Lore is just begging to become a television series.
“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. “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 and Mahnke are currently attending the 2016 New York Comic-Con event and discussed the new Lore project during a panel yesterday, reports Deadline.
‘I’m obsessed with horror and mythology,” said Hurd. “In bringing Lore to Amazon we are going to examine the truth behind the horror genre – something we love.”
— Aaron Mahnke (@amahnke) October 1, 2016
Amazon is planning for a 10-episode first season of Lore with no pilot that will feature a variety of true, mysterious, and scary stories that will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan sometime next year.
“We are thrilled to be working with Gale Anne Hurd and Amazon to bring Aaron Mahnke’s incredible horror franchise to television,” said Owens and Silverman. “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.”
Self-described “nerd for anything unexplainable or supernatural,” Aaron Mahnke created the podcast in March of 2015, and it was quickly labeled one of the “Best of 2015” by iTunes, and one of the “15 Podcasts You Need to Hear in 2016” by Entertainment Weekly.
“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,” said Conrad Riggs, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “The series will be a truly unnerving and exciting experience that Prime members will not forget.”
— Lore (@Lore_TV) October 7, 2016
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Aaron and his family live in Boston in the “heart of Lovecraft country and epicenter of the Salem witch trials.” For his podcast, Mahnke mixes his narration, historical mixed media, and added dramatically acted scenes to bring the stories to life. Lore has covered the origin stories of legendary horror characters and myths including vampires, zombies, werewolves, ghosts, witches, and serial killers. Aaron’s live recording of Lore in Boston on October 15 has been sold out. His next is scheduled for October 29 in Anaheim, California.
When he’s not hosting Lore, Mahnke is busy writing and adding to his growing number of supernatural thriller books which includes Indian Summer, Consumed and Grave Suspicion.
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