New On SyFy: Ghost Wars
‘GHOST WARS’ FROM NOMADIC PICTURES BEGINS PRODUCTION
TO PREMIERE ON SYFY IN THE U.S., AND INTERNATIONALLY ON NETFLIX
13-EPISODE PARANORMAL SERIES IS CREATED BY SIMON BARRY; DAVID VON ANCKEN WILL DIRECT
Nomadic Pictures (Fargo, Van Helsing, Hell On Wheels) today announced the start of production of its paranormal action series Ghost Wars for Syfy and Netflix. Cast includes Vincent D’Onofrio (Jurassic World, Daredevil), Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy), Avan Jogia (Tut, Victorious, Twisted), Kristin Lehman (Motive) and Meatloaf (Fight Club). David Von Ancken (Tut, Code Black, Salem, Californiacation), who previously worked with Nomadic Pictures on the pilot and multiple episodes for the five season AMC series Hell On Wheels, will direct.
The 13-episode, hour-long drama will premiere in the U.S. on Syfy and elsewhere globally on Netflix in 2017.
Ghost Wars series creator, Simon Barry (Continuum, Van Helsing) will also serve as the Showrunner. Production began May 1 in Vancouver, BC, and will run until the end of August. Other episodic directors on board include Leslie Hope (Aftermath), Michael Nankin (Van Helsing), Mathias Herdndl (Motive), Jason Priestley (Private Eyes) and Simon Barry (Continuum).
The series is set in a remote Alaskan town that has been overrun by paranormal forces. Local outcast Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia) must overcome the town’s prejudices and his own personal demons if he’s to harness his repressed psychic powers and save everyone from the mass haunting that’s threatening to destroy them all.
“We are very fortunate to be working again with Chris Regina and his creative Syfy team on Ghost Wars,” said Chad Oakes, Co-Chairman of Nomadic Pictures. “Adding Simon Barry’s writing and leadership skills with the directing talent of our dear friend David Von Ancken…with our amazing cast…we could not be happier.”
“Our creative team have penned a paranormal chiller thriller set in Port Moore, Alaska. D’Onofrio, Coates, Jogia… stay tuned for an eerie nail biter. Nomadic is ecstatic to partner with Netflix on Ghost Wars,” says Mike Frislev Co-Chairman Nomadic Pictures.
“Ghost Wars is not just a contemporary homage to classic psychological horror, it’s also an opportunity to tell stories about human politics and how we shape our beliefs and lives based on our individual perspectives and biases,” says Barry. “Science, Humanism, Religion and the Paranormal all get a seat at the table. I’m grateful that Chad Oakes and Mike Frislev have assembled such a wealth of talent, both in front of and behind the camera, to hopefully elevate this genre series beyond expectations.”
Ghost Wars is produced by Nomadic Pictures. Executive Producers are Chad Oakes and Mike Frislev (Fargo, Van Helsing, Hell On Wheels), Simon Barry (Continuum), Dennis Heaton (Motive) and David Von Ancken (Code Black). Nomadic Pictures will distribute the series within Canada, the U.S. and the rest of the world.
Nomadic is also presently shooting season two of Van Helsing, which also airs in the U.S. on Syfy and globally outside the U.S. on Netflix.