Horror directors Michael and Peter Spierig (The Spierig Brothers) have signed on to direct the pilot and serve as executive producers of the new TV series based on Christopher Golden’s Ben Walker books. AGC Television is set to produce and sell the series. AGC TV was co-producer and co-financier of StudioCanal’s recent ‘War of the Worlds’ miniseries.
The character Ben Walker is described as a “weird s**t expert” who works for a secret division of the Department of Defense investigating bizarre phenomena– “both natural and supernatural.” The purpose of his investigations is to determine whether these occurrences can be used as weapons against the U.S.– or as weapons for the U.S.
The first Ben Walker novel was ‘Ararat’, published in 2017. That novel revolved around the discovery of an ancient ship inside of a mountain, which some believe to be Noah’s Ark. The second novel, ‘The Pandora Room’, published this year, showcases archaeologist Sophie Durand, who discovers a hidden subterranean city in Iraq, which she believes holds an ancient jar of legend, which could contain blessings from the gods… or the exact opposite. Golden has a third book, ‘Red Hands’ due next year.
Golden himself will write the pilot, and will also serve as an executive producer.
Golden has written numerous novels and short stories for adults and teens. Among his media tie-ins are several ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Angel’ books, as well as books based on ‘Battlestar Galactica’, the ‘X-Men’, ‘Uncharted’, ‘Alien’, and ‘Predator’. Among his original book series are ‘The Shadow Saga’, ‘Body of Evidence’, ‘OutCast’, and ‘Prowlers’. He also wrote ‘The Punisher’ comic book for a period.
He collaborated with Mike Mignola on some ‘Hellboy’ books, as well as the ‘Baltimore’ series. He worked on the screenplay of the recent ‘Hellboy’ movie, but did not receive credit.
The Spierig Brothers’ most recent film was the thriller ‘Winchester’, but perhaps their most well-known is the ‘Saw’ reboot/spin-off ‘Jigsaw’. Their other pictures include ‘Undead’, ‘Daybreakers’, and ‘Predestination’.
Have you read ‘Ararat’ or ‘The Pandora Room’? What do you think about them becoming a TV series?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter