Netflix UK Picks Up ‘Ghost Wars’ From Continuum’s Simon Barry, Starring Vincent D’Onofrio & SoA’s Kim Coates
Syfy US have commisioned a new series called ‘Ghost Wars‘ from Continuum and Van Helsing creator Simon Barry it has been announced. The show, which is set to feature Daredevil’s Vincent D’Onofrio and Sons Of Anarchy’s Kim Coates, will be distributing globally outside of the USA by Netflix.
Ghost Wars is set in a remote Alaskan town that has been overrun by paranormal forces. The series follows a local outcast Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia – Tut, Victorious, Twisted) who must overcome the town’s prejudices and his own personal demons if he’s to harness his repressed psychic powers, and save everyone from the mass haunting that’s threatening to destroy them all.
Additional cast includes Kristin Lehman (Motive, The Killing, Altered Carbon), and rock star turned actor Meat Loaf (Fight Club, Rocky Horror, Elementary).
“Ghost Wars is not just a contemporary homage to classic psychological horror,” commented creator and showrunner Barry. “It’s also an opportunity to tell stories about human politics and how we shape our beliefs and lives based on our individual perspectives and biases. Science, humanism, religion and the paranormal all get a seat at the table.”
Ghost Wars, which began shooting this week in Vancouver, is being produced by Nomadic Pictures, who produce Van Helsing with Barry. They are also the production company behind the excellent Fargo, and Hell On Wheels. As is usually the case with this sort of show, they have various directors lined up to helm each week. David Von Ancken (Code Black, Hell on Wheels, Tut, Californication) will direct the pilot, with other directors getting behind the lens as the episodes progress.
Interestingly, a number of the people on the director list are actors who have moved behind the camera, or across from other production roles, often on other Nomadic shows. They include Leslie Hope (Actor – Suits, Tyrant. Director – Murdoch Mysteries, Aftermath), Michael Nankin (Director – Van Helsing, Hell on Wheels, Defiance, Battlestar Galactica), Mathias Herndl (Cinematographer – Genius, Motive, Legends. Director – Motive, Wayward Pines), and Jason Priestley (Actor – Private Eyes, Haven, Beverly Hills, 90210. Director – Van Helsing, Dark Matter, Saving Hope). Simon Barry himself will also direct some episodes.
We have no additional information on Vincent D’Onofrio or Kim Coates’ characters yet, but it’s an impressive cast to pull together. We will be watching with interest!
Ghost Wars will air later in 2017 on Netflix UK.
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