Since 2015, AMC has been working on its adaptation of Joe Hill’s celebrated horror novel, NOS4A2, and now it’s finally here. Its arrival comes with an intriguing first trailer, which dropped at WonderCon.
It offers a better look at Zachary Quinto (from the Star Trek movies) as Charles Manx, a vampire whose M.O. is abducting young children to a mysterious place called Christmasland.
Watch the trailer here:
AMC seems adamant on exploring more horror stories, following the critical success of The Terror (based on Dan Simmons’ incredible epic). NOS4A2 will add to the network’s stable of top-performing horrors, including The Walking Dead and its spinoff series, Fear the Walking Dead.
While it feels more like an effort to diversify on AMC’s part, the new series feels like a good one to bet on. You see, the vampire bit in NOS4A2‘s isn’t the whole story. If you’ve read the novel, you’ll know that there are characters in the story, like Vic McQueen (played by Ashleigh Cummings), who have the power of divination, an ability common amongst witches.
The trailer heavily teases this, with Vic shuffling through the Shorter Way Bridge, a bridge that takes her to the location of whatever it is she seeks. There are other people like Vic, including Maggie Leigh (Jahkara Smith), whose divination powers involve Scrabble tiles.
The series’ premise, if you take out vampirism and witchcraft, is simply about a woman who meets her child-abducting adversary. Wikipedia offers this plot synopsis:
NOS4A2 follows Vic McQueen, a young working-class artist who discovers that she has a supernatural ability to track the seemingly immortal Charlie Manx. Manx feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland — a twisted Christmas Village of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Vic must strive to defeat Manx and rescue his victims — without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself.
NOS4A2 is written by Jami O’Brien (Fear the Walking Dead, Flesh and Bone). It’s set to premiere on June 2, 2019 on AMC.