Netflix today announced a series order for ARCHIVE 81, an original story loosely inspired by the popular found-footage horror podcast. The drama will play out in eight 1 hour-long episodes.
When archivist Dan Turner (Athie) takes a mysterious job restoring a collection of damaged videotapes from 1994, he finds himself reconstructing the work of documentary filmmaker Melody Pendras (Shihabi) and her investigation into a dangerous cult. As Dan is drawn into Melody’s story, he becomes convinced he can save her from the terrifying end she met 25 years ago.
Mamoudou Athie (Jurassic World: Dominion, Black Box, “Oh Jerome, No”) will play Dan Turner. Dina Shihabi (“Ya Bint”, “Altered Carbon”, “Ramy”, “Jack Ryan”) will play Melody Pendras. Additional cast members will be announced in the future.
Rebecca Sonnenshine (“The Boys”, “The Vampire Diaries”) serves as the Showrunner, writer, and Executive Producer of ARCHIVE 81.
Rebecca Thomas (“Stranger Things”, “Limetown”) serves as Executive Producer. She will direct half of the season, including the first episode.
James Wan’s Atomic Monster (MacGyver; The Conjuring Universe film franchise; and the upcoming Malignant and There’s Someone Inside Your House) is involved, with James Wan and Michael Clear acting as Executive Producers. Rob Hackett is a Co-Executive Producer.
Paul Harris Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil) developed the original script, and will also be serving as an Executive Producer.
The original ARCHIVE 81 podcast was created by Marc Sollinger and Daniel Powell who serve as co-producers on the series.
Rebecca Sonnenshine shared: “With ARCHIVE 81, we’re hoping to give the supernatural horror genre a new twist — while keeping a dark, deeply emotional romance as its core. Alongside the talented Mamoudou Athie and Dina Shihabi, and visionary partners Atomic Monster and Rebecca Thomas, I’m excited to take Netflix viewers on a terrifying and visually thrilling adventure.”
Stay tuned for further new on ARCHIVE 81 as it continues to develop under Netflix.