Greg Nicotero is Bringing Horror Novel Swan Song to TV Life

Filmmaker Greg Nicotero at 2022's Halloween Horror Nights Opening Night Celebration.

Longtime horror alum Greg Nicotero, of The Walking Dead and Creepshow fame, has found his next project to tackle: a TV adaptation of Robert McCammon’s Swan Song.

Per Deadline, Nicotero will executive produce the upcoming series through his production company Monster Agency. He’ll also be tapped to direct the pilot episode, which is currently on the search for a writer. In a press release for the show, Nicotero called it a “[perfect] time to delve into this world. [McCammon’s] story of survival in a world forever changed by political mistrust and international intrigue intertwined with a supernatural force has always been one of my favorites.”

Released in June 1987, Swan Song was set in America in the aftermath of a nuclear war between the US and Soviet Union. The book then focuses on a number of survivors, one of whom has powers that puts her in the sights of an evil building up an army of followers around the country. After its release, it tied with Stephen King’s Misery for the 1987 Bram Stoker award and was the first of McCammon’s works to make it on the New York Times bestseller list.

In that same statement, Steve Barnett, Alan Powell and Vicky Patel—who are co-executive producing through their Monarch Media company—called McCammon’s novel “incredibly compelling, and unlike anything we have seen before in film or television. We’re very excited to bring this world to life and can’t imagine any better partners for the series than Greg and Brian [Witten].”

At time of writing, it’s unclear if the Swan Song will go to AMC—which has housed Nicotero’s TV ventures for over a decade and already has experience with adapting horror novels—or somewhere else.

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