Archive 81 is an upcoming horror series that is in the stages of development at the online streaming service providing platform, Netflix, that is loosely inspired by the podcast of the same name. Rebecca Sonnenshine, who has previously worked in The Vampire Diaries, and The Boys, will be serving as the showrunner, while James Wan, who has previously worked in The Conjuring, and Aquaman, will be executively producing the project along with his production company, Atomic Monster Productions.
The director of Stranger Things, Rebecca Thomas, is tapped to direct four of the episodes of the series, including the pilot, and will be serving as the executive producer as well. She has also signed to direct the upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid of Disney.
Paul Harris Boardman, previously worked in The Exorcism of Emily Rose, developed the original script and will be executively producing. The creators of the original podcast, Daniel Powell and Marc Sollinger, will also be the producers of the new series.
Archive 81: All About Netflix’s New Horror Series
Showrunner Rebecca Sonnenshine offered her comment on Archive 81; with Archive 81, they are hoping to give the supernatural horror genre a totally new twist while keeping a dark, deeply emotional romance as its core. She is excited to take Netflix viewers on a terrifying and visually thrilling adventure.
The series is said to be very loosely inspired by the horror podcast series of the same name. According to some reports, the plot of Archive 81 focuses on Dan Turner, an archivist who takes a mysterious job of restoring a collection of damaged videotapes from the year 1994 and finds himself reconstructing the work of documentary filmmaker Melody Pendras and her investigation into a dangerous cult.
As Dan is drawn into Melody’s story, he becomes convinced that he can save her from the terrifying end that she met 25 years ago.
The two series leads for Netflix’s Archive 81 are Mamadou Athie from The Get Down, Uncorked, and Dina Shihabi from Altered Carbon. Athie will be playing Dan Turner, the aforementioned archivist. Shibari will be portraying Melody Pendras. Both the characters are taken from the original podcast.
A reliable industry database suggested that the production for Archive 81 is currently planned to start in Pittsburgh, US, in the fall of 2020. That being said, delays are also possible during a global pandemic.
No release date for Archive 81 has been announced as of now, but it would be now safe to assume that the eight episodes will be dropped on Netflix sometime in 2021 or possibly even 2022.