FX has long been known to introduce us to horror and offbeat shows like ‘The Strain’ and ‘American Horror Story’ so adapting Victor LaValle’s ‘The Changeling’ isn’t that much of a surprise. The novel was released in 2017 to rave reviews and feels like the right blend of horror and fantasy to both fit on the network and yet be different enough to give us something original.
The script for the television series was penned by Kelly Marcel (‘Venom,’ ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’) and is being co-produced by FX Productions and Annapurna Television.
To get an idea of what the series will be like, here is the synopsis for the novel:
“When Apollo Kagwa’s father disappeared, all he left his son were strange recurring dreams and a box of books stamped with the word IMPROBABILIA. Now Apollo is a father himself—and as he and his wife, Emma, are settling into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. Apollo’s old dreams return and Emma begins acting odd. Irritable and disconnected from their new baby boy, at first Emma seems to be exhibiting signs of postpartum depression, but it quickly becomes clear that her troubles go even deeper. Before Apollo can do anything to help, Emma commits a horrific act—beyond any parent’s comprehension—and vanishes, seemingly into thin air.
Thus begins Apollo’s odyssey through a world he only thought he understood, to find a wife and child who are nothing like he’d imagined. His quest, which begins when he meets a mysterious stranger who claims to have information about Emma’s whereabouts, takes him to a forgotten island, a graveyard full of secrets, a forest where immigrant legends still live, and finally back to a place he thought he had lost forever.”
A view at a darker side of humanity filled with horror and fantasy sounds like a fun “fairy tale for grown-ups” that we’ll likely end up enjoying.
At this time there is no word as to who will be directing or starring in the new drama.
Does ‘The Changeling’ sound like a perfect fit for FX audiences? Do you feel that the plot will be something that could drag you in as we’re teased multiple layers of mystery? Share your thoughts below!