Spectrum Originals and AMC Networks have announced the pickup of the psychological thriller “Beacon 23.” Set in the darkest recesses of space, the series is described as a suspenseful thriller and love story, where two people are trapped in a lighthouse at the end of the known universe.
Co-commissioned by Spectrum Originals and AMC Networks, co-produced by Spectrum Originals and Platform One Media (a Boat Rocker company), the series comes from creator Zak Penn (“The Avengers”) and is based on the book of the same name by Hugh Howey. After a nine-month exclusive run for Spectrum, “Beacon 23″ will be an AMC original with a second window across AMC Networks platforms.
“Beacon 23” is a series in a class all its own – it’s a thriller, it’s a love story, it’s a character drama, it’s a sci-fi exploration of our own interconnectivity and disconnection, and it’s been beautifully adapted by the brilliant Zak Penn,” said Katherine Pope, Head of Spectrum Originals. “We have the perfect partners in Platform One Media and AMC to help Zak bring this series to life.”
“Zak’s vision in adapting Hugh Howey’s incredible novel ‘BEacon 23’ is electrifying,” said Katie O’Connell Marsh, Platform One Media Chairman and CEO. “We are so happy to be producing this series for Spectrum Originals and AMC.”
“Fantastic IP. The great Zak Penn creating and showrunning. Amazing partners in Spectrum Originals and Platform One Media. We can’t wait to bring this iconic and compelling series to life,” said Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks Entertainment Group and co-president of AMC Studios.
Zak Penn serves as creator, executive producer, and showrunner, along with executive producers Ira Steven Behr (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Outlander”) and Katie O’Connell Marsh & Elisa Ellis for Platform One Media. No casting has been announced at press time.