FOX is getting into business with the creator of Criminal Minds to turn the 1986 Dean Koontz novel Strangers into a new one-hour drama. This is arguably good news for FOX, as Davis has a very successful track record in television, having created not only the wildly successful Criminal Minds on CBS, but also MTV’s dark, teen-angsty reboot Teen Wolf. The latter series has since ended, but the former has been going strong since 2005, kicking off season 15 at the start of October.
Strangers is certainly well within Davis’s creative wheelhouse, as the supernatural tones will certainly be reminiscent of his work at MTV. And with what sounds to be a large ensemble drama with a mystery element tying an expansive narrative all together, it also sounds as though FOX may have found a possible successor to Lost, which, ratings-wise anyway, is still a thing that attracts impressive audiences, as NBC’s Manifest can attest.
One of the more impressive aspects of the proposed series will be that it follows a group of disparate people from different parts of the United States, as they all begin to have similarly discomfiting experiences that seemingly bind them together in advance of major secret being unearthed. Check out a synopsis below as reported by Deadline.
“Strangers” tells the story of several different people, thousands of miles apart, from different walks of life, finding themselves struck by unusual fears and sudden phobias. A novelist in California suffers unbearable sleep terrors. In Boston, a surgeon’s intense panic attacks threaten her career. A priest in Chicago dreads the rise of the moon. An ex-Marine develops a paralyzing fear of the dark. They’re all connected by a forgotten trauma, repressed memories now surfacing and leading each of them to one destination: a small motel in Nevada where a dark secret lies hidden-one that could change the course of humanity itself.”
Whether or not Strangers winds up being the next Lost or not remains to be seen, and will depend a great deal on how FOX and Davis want to see the narrative play out. There’s plenty of puzzle box excitement built into the premise, but given that it’s being adapted from a novel that’s over 30 years old now could have an impact on how that mystery is received.
Screen Rant will have more details on Strangers as they are made available.