The X-Files creator Chris Carter is modelling his new show for Amazon and Netflix, which currently has an eight-episode order, with a 99-episode plan, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Yes, 99 episodes. Never let it be said the man lacks ambition.
Carter stated that he based the mystery-focused The After on Dante’s Inferno, which has 99 cantos in its story. “I’m using that as my model,” he revealed.
Premiering in early 2015, The After will receive a relatively slow rollout. Carter says his series will be released in four two-hour instalments. “Amazon is going to show these an episode at a time,” he said, “which I think is really good for this type of show. The audience likes to tease the clues out.”
Carter also hinted that there may well be some additional opportunities to utilize social media platforms like Twitter to help supplement the content. “Now, there are really interesting opportunities with technology to tease these clues out,” he said.
The After has been described as a post-apocalyptic drama centred on eight strangers forced to work together in order to survive in a violent, unpredictable new world. In typically Carter-esque cryptic fashion the date of March 7 serves as a common thread that ties them together. Carter is reluctant to pigeon-hole the show as science fiction, mystery or post-apocalyptic fiction, but maintained that The After will have “a good mix” of drama “from the group dynamic and from the supernatural, if you will. I’ve always resisted the science fiction label but there’s a significant number of science fiction in this.”
When asked about the likelihood of members of the core group of eight getting killed off over the course of the series, Carter would not be drawn; however cast member Aldis Hodge joked, “all I know is I better not die first!”
The After stars Louise Monot, Sharon Lawrence, Aldis Hodge, Adrian Pasdar, Arielle Kebbel, Jamie Kennedy, Andrew Howard, Jaina Lee Ortiz and Sam Littlefield.
Source: Dark Horizons