"The Terror" is bringing history home in horrific fashion in Season 2.
AMC just renewed Ridley Scott's anthology series with a new showrunner -- Alexander Woo -- and a new storyline.
Season 2 "will be set during World War II and center on an uncanny specter that menaces a Japanese-American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific."
The series will air 10 episodes in 2019.
Here's a statement from co-creator and showrunner Alexander Woo:
"I'm deeply honored to be telling a story set in this extraordinary period. We hope to convey the abject terror of the historical experience in a way that feels modern and relevant to the present moment. And the prospect of doing so with a majority Asian and Asian-American cast is both thrilling and humbling."
And here's a statement from co-creator and co-executive producer Max Borenstein:
"As a history-buff and genre geek (not to mention a conscious American today), it's clear that truth is always scarier than fiction. This season of 'The Terror' uses as its setting one of the darkest, most horrific moments in our nation's history. The Japanese-American internment is a blemish on the nation's conscience — and one with dire resonance to current events. I'm thrilled that AMC is giving us the chance to use that darkness as the inspiration for what I hope will be a trenchant, terrifying season of TV."
AMC president of originals David Madden added his own statement:
"'The Terror' has given us the opportunity to take a unique approach to the anthology format. We loved the concept of beginning with an actual historical event and overlaying it with a fictional horror element, and we are immensely proud of this show's combination of cinematic scope and intimate character work.
We are thrilled to announce a second season and dramatize one of the most chilling and important events of the 20th century, guided by the vision of the gifted Alexander Woo and Max Borenstein. Our deep appreciation goes to the persistently creative and passionate showrunning team of David Kajganich and Soo Hugh, the incomparable Ridley Scott and the rest of the producing team, and the outstanding cast led by Jared Harris for launching this concept and leaving us on the precipice of terrifying new adventures as we continue with the next chapter of 'The Terror.'"
"The Terror" Season 1 -- starring Jared Harris, Ciaran Hinds, and Tobias Menzies -- followed the Royal Navy's 1840s polar explorer ships as they attempted to discover the Northwest Passage ... and instead discovered more terrifying things.
The acclaimed first season set a high bar, but we're already sold on Season 2.
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