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The Westworld creators, using their Kilter Films company, are teaming up with Craig Macniell and Clay Chapman, the duo behind SXSW horror film The Boy, to develop a horror series at Amazon, Deadline exclusively reported. Unknown is “a psychological horror anthology series that plunges into the corners of the American landscape, probing the intersection of folklore and our bloody history of true crime.”
Unknown’s first season is set to center around an estranged brother and sister, who return to the Texas Killing Fields, only to encounter a dark spirit that inhabits the region from their childhood. The series comes just a couple of years after Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy struck an overall deal with Amazon Studios in 2019. The duo previously worked on the sci-fi techno thriller drama series The Peripheral, also for Amazon.
Despite Westworld’s fourth season, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are keeping busy with other projects. Just last year it was announced that they were developing a new drama called Sphere along with Westworld’s Denise Thé, partnering with Susan and Robert Downey Jr.’s Team Downey production company and Warner Bros. TV to executive produce the series. The show is based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Westworld film scribe and director Michael Crichton.
Although it may seem like Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have their hands full with the various shows they’re working on, don’t expect them to neglect Westworld or their other projects. Due to the ongoing pandemic and the fact that Westworld shoots overseas, as well as the seasons generally coming out roughly two years apart, Season 4 of the HBO series might come at a later date than usual, making it easier for the creative duo to focus on other series, while still working on Westworld.
It’s “unknown” when Unknown will make its debut on Amazon, but, luckily, it looks as if we’ll soon have plenty of shows from Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy to choose from, whenever they release. It will be interesting to see whether or not Unknown or the other projects will include Westworld stars, or have similar themes. But, either way, it doesn’t look like Nolan and Joy are going to be slowing down any time soon, especially with their giant deal with Amazon.
Should fans worry about Westworld’s future? At this time, Nolan and Joy seem to be trying to keep busy while Season 4 is still in development, so it’s safe to assume Westworld fans have nothing to worry about and should just look forward to a new series to become obsessed with.
For more on what to watch in the coming weeks, check out our 2021 TV summer premiere schedule!
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