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‘Archive 81’ Series In The Works At Netflix From James Wan (EXCLUSIVE)

by Jacob Fisher

We have learned that a series based on the found footage horror podcast Archive 81 is in early development at Netflix.

Archive 81 ​is a found footage podcast horror drama exploring the supernatural and gentrification in the big city through a found-­footage format. Set in the greater New York City area, the show’s time period alternates between the present day and the mid­-90s. The show follows Dan, a solitary archivist who works at a remote facility where he has been tasked with cataloging hundreds of hours of old audio tape.

Dan’s employer is the City of New York’s Housing Historical Society… or so he thinks. Many of the recorded tapes appear to consist of old interviews between a social worker named Melody Pendrass and the residents of a mysterious apartment tower block known as The Visser Building. It’s not clear what Melody’s looking for in her interviews, but the more tenants she talks to, the creepier things get. As Dan probes deeper into the tapes and the mysterious origins of the Visser building, Melody’s story starts to reveal unsettling facts about the archive, his employers, and even the nature of the physical world we live in.

The podcast begun on April 5th, 2016 and is in its third season. New episodes will be released every other Wednesday. Listen, wherever you get your podcasts. The podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Radiopublic. Daniel Powell and Marc Sollinger, who created the iconic podcast series together, will serve as co-producers on the upcoming series for Netflix.

James Wan will executive produce the series. Wan comes from a huge horror background, his most notable horror ventures were directing ‘Saw’, ‘The Conjuring’ and ‘The Conjuring 2’. As for television, he executive produced the ‘Swamp Thing’ series for DC Universe and the MacGyver series. He is also executive producing and directing the pilot for Netflix’s adaption of Mark Millar’s ‘The Magic Order’, he also has a new horror film releasing later this year titled ‘Malignant’ before going on to direct ‘Aquaman 2’.

Rebecca Sonnenshine and Paul Harris Boardman co-created the series together. Rebecca has previously been a co-executive producer and writer on Amazon’s hit series ‘The Boys’. She has also wrote and produced episodes of ‘The Vampire Diaries’, ‘Outcast’ and ‘The Crossing’. Paul has produced and written ‘Deliver Us From Evil’, ‘Devil’s Knot’ and also produced ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’.

The series is currently in early development at Netflix, as of now, it is currently unknown when it will begin filming.

1 comment

EmilyRoseFan February 24, 2020 | 1:02 pm - 1: 02 pm

Paul Harris Boardman also wrote and produced “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.”


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