Outside of COMET’s routine Godzilla movie marathons, there’s just not a whole lot of monsters awakening from the deep and rampaging across our TV screens these days. But that’s about to change with an upcoming series called The Swarm, as it sounds like it’s going to be tailor-made for fans of the king kaiju.
According to Deadline, Game of Thrones executive producer Frank Doelger is set to adapt German sci-fi novel The Swarm into an eight part miniseries. The book, considered an environmental thriller, depicts a world in which various marine animals start rebelling against humanity in what appears to be a coordinated effort. Whales and jellyfish attack beachgoers, shellfish stop ships in their tracks, and worms start drilling through continental ice shelfs. It’s eventually uncovered that this is all the work of a previously unknown species called the yrr, which are ancient, sentient, single-celled organisms at the bottom of the sea that operate in giant swarms and a single hive mind. Their goal, it seems, is to eliminate humans so they’ll stop wrecking the world’s oceans.
“After having spent eight seasons in the mythical world of Game of Thrones, it is great to return to the present with The Swarm and its searing exploration of the impending doom brought about by man’s callous disregard of the oceans, a doomsday scenario as dire as anything imagined by George R.R. Martin,” Doelger said to Deadline. The series is set to begin filming next year, and it will air on German network ZDF. However, the production will be in English with an international audience in mind, so we expect streaming options to be readily available in the U.S., which is good, because we’re in serious need of some more angry ocean monsters on TV these days.