Things are about to get downright scary at Amazon, again. The streaming service now run by Jennifer Salke is bring back horror anthology Lore for a second season, it was formally announced this morning. No specifics were provided on when Season 2 would debut or for how many episodes, but I hear that a fall 2018 premiere is looking likely with about six episodes, similar to Season 1.
News of the pickup of the series, from Valhalla Entertainment and Propagate Content and based on Aaron Mahnke’s popular 2015-launched podcast, also comes with some changes behind the camera. With the fate of Fox’s often ratings-challenged but acclaimed The Exorcist unclear, Season 2 showrunner Sean Crouch has stepped in at Lore to replace Glen Morgan.
“With Sean Crouch at the helm, Lore is set to be scarier than ever,” said Propagate’s Ben Silverman and Howard Owens today. “In Season 2, we will explore global, real-life horror stories that make this series unlike anything else on television. We are thrilled to be back on Prime Video.”
Also apparently thrilled is fellow EP Gale Anne Hurd, who knows a thing or two about the genre from The Walking Dead and many more offerings. “As a fan of documentaries and horror, Lore resonates with me on so many levels,” said the Valhalla boss. “Season 2 is shaping up to be scarier and even more compelling and unnerving than our first one.”
Falling under Amazon Originals’ unscripted division, Lore pulled from co-EP Mahnke’s podcast of the same name. Season 1 debuted October 13, 2017, a Friday, as a mix of reenactment animation, narration, and historical documents and footage to shine a light on the true story of the modern vampire legend and more. In my TV review of the first season of Lore last year, I called the Colm Feore- and Campbell Scott-starrer “something you can really bite into.”
News of a Lore TV series initially emerged in April 2016 and Deadline exclusively revealed in October of that year at New York Comic-Con that Amazon was on board.
With theI CM Partners, manager Robert Lazar, attorney Bruce Gellman repped Crouch now on deck, production on Season 2 is scheduled to start in April with new cast and new stories, some from the podcast and some not. Brett-Patrick Jenkins, Jon Halperin and Mark Mannucci also serve as EPs on Lore. Still manning the podcast too, a busy Mahnke has two more books in his The World of Lore series set to come out this year following last fall’s Monstrous Creatures. It’s a packed schedule he teased online yesterday along with today’s Season 2 announcement:
I am absolutely overflowing with fun things I want to tell all of you about. Sadly, they’ll have to be announced slowly over time, causing me to have a stroke from all the anticipation and secrecy.
— Aaron Mahnke (@amahnke) February 26, 2018