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X-Files creator Chris Carter’s new show has a big future planned…

July 16th, 2014 by Dave Bowling Comments

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

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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...