Omen Scribe Explores 99 Stories

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New horror sci-fi series for AMC

AMC is climbing “99 Stories” with veteran feature writer David Seltzer (The Omen).

The cable network is developing the sci-fi horror thriller, set at a 99-story high-rise building, that Seltzer created with “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” executive producer James Middleton and Steven Banks (“Women in Law”).

Seltzer is penning the project, which is yet to be set up at a studio.

“99” revolves around a group of strangers invited to tour a newly constructed multipurpose 99-story building who find themselves trapped in it with no way out but up. “Each story presents a different kind of challenge for the group,” Seltzer tells The Hollywood Reporter. In their fight for survival, the strangers are at the mercy of a technological brain that electronically controls every element of the building. “The elevators are in control of (the strangers’) destiny, whittling them out by deciding who they deem deserve to go up,” Seltzer says.

And what happens in the sealed-off high rise has much larger repercussions. “What’s going on there is not about the people trapped inside, it affects the rest of the world,” Seltzer says.

The film-centric AMC had been looking for a horror series franchise to complement its long-running Monsterfest. The 11th annual fest, which features 240 hours of nonstop horror films, is now under way, and for the first time, the marathon has expanded online, with full-length feature films available at amctv.com.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter