Netflix has given a series order for Archive 81, an original story loosely inspired by the found-footage supernatural horror podcast.
Starring Mamoudou Athie and Dina Shihabi, Archive 81 sees archivist Dan Turner (Athie) take a job restoring a collection of damaged videotapes from 1994. He soon finds himself reconstructing the work of documentary filmmaker Melody Pendras (Shihabi) and her investigation into a dangerous cult—and ultimately becomes convinced he can save her from the terrifying end she met 25 years ago.
Rebecca Sonnenshine (The Boys, The Vampire Diaries) is serving as writer, showrunner and executive producer on the eight-part series. Rebecca Thomas (Stranger Things, Limetown) serves as executive producer and will direct half of the season. James Wan and Michael Clear are executive producers. Paul Harris Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil) developed the original script. The original Archive 81 podcast was created by Marc Sollinger and Daniel Powell who serve as co-producers on the series.
Rebecca Sonnenshine said: “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.”