Fans of the scripted paranormal podcast The Black Tapes may have a live action adaptation to look forward to according to Deadline. They’ve reported that NBC has put the series in development for what they’re calling a “supernatural drama.”
Matthew Arnold, who previously co-created both Emerald City and Siberia for the network, will serve as executive producer on the project alongside the podcast’s creators Paul Bae and Terry Miles and Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner for Entertainment 360. Universal TV will serve as the project’s studio.
With 41.5 million downloads since its inception, The Black Tapes was narrated by a character named Alex Reagan who becomes interested in the cases of Dr. Richard Strand, a skeptical paranormal investigator whose main goal was debunking various claims of paranormal activity.
When Reagan stumbles upon a series of unsolved cases, she calls them the “Black Tapes” and what began as a biography evolves into a deep dive into these mysterious cases which Strand could never explain.
Sometimes unsettling and always eerie, The Black Tapes continues to draw in new listeners. Despite the lack of new episodes for over a year, it has remained a near constant presence for top downloads on iTunes in the US, Australia, and the UK.
The podcast, which premiered in May of 2015, consists of 30 episodes, each with a a run time of 30-35 minutes each so there is plenty of storytelling fodder to pull from in the new series’ creation.
The Black Tapes joins the ranks of numerous other podcasts already adapted and currently listed as in development for adaptation on various networks.
Amazon successfully brought both Lore and Homecoming to their streaming service, and FX is currently working on an adaptation of Welcome to Night Vale to name just a few.
Stay tuned to iHorror for more information about The Black Tapes as it becomes available!