Next year, AMC will be bringing us a TV miniseries based on the horror novel NOS4A2, and we now have our first look at Zachary Quinto in the lead role. Quinto will be playing Charlie Manx, an ancient monster who feeds upon the souls of children after transporting them to a fantasy land he refers to as Christmasland. As Manx devours their life forces, the children themselves morph into nightmarish monsters. The title, clearly a take on Nosferatu, refers to the vanity plate on Manx's beloved car. It's a different take on the classic vampire story, and seeing Quinto as Manx should be enough for fans of the novel to start getting excited about the small screen adaptation.
Co-starring in the AMC miniseries will be Ashleigh Cummings as heroine Vic McQueen. Vic is a high school senior described by showrunner Jami O'Brien as "a working-class kid who has such a creative mind it actually gives her a kind of superpower." Quinto's Charlie Manx realizes Vic is a threat and must work on a way to deal with her. Manx's 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith, the one brandishing the titular NOS4A2 vanity plate, is also considered to be an important character in an of itself. O'Brien even describes Manx and the automobile as "partners in crime," suggesting the relationship between them is very special.
In the original novel from Joe Hill, the story takes place over multiple time periods. A teenage Vic discovers that Manx is kidnapping children, leading to his arrest. Years later, Manx "dies" in prison and subsequently resurrects and escapes, targeting Manx and her son Bruce. Vic then is faced with keeping her own child safe by finally destroying the supernatural murderer once and for all. Initially released in 2013, the novel's unique story is perfect for a live-action adaptation, and it's going to be intriguing to see how this plot plays out on the small screen.
AMC has ordered 10 episodes for the miniseries, which is due to arrive in the summer of 2019. O'Brien is already making it clear that he wants the show to move forward with new episodes beyond that if the series manages to be a hit for the network. As the showrunner describes, "There's no limit to the number of folks that we could meet that have interesting powers and interesting landscapes that they inhabit." Hill's original story may have ended with the conclusion of the 2013 novel, but there's clearly plenty more ground to cover in this intriguing universe, even without Charlie Manx.
Horror has proven to be very profitable for AMC in the past, considering the heights achieved by The Walking Dead and even its less-popular spin-off. Given that viewership for the series has been winding down, the network is hoping to find similar success in other potential shows. NOS4A2 has proven to be a hit with readers, but will that success translate just as well as a TV series? We'll have to wait and see, but at the very least, Quinto as Manx provides an excellent first impression. You can take a peek at the first look image below, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.