Anthony C Ferrante, director of the iconic “Sharknado” films, has selected “Farway Canyon” as his follow-up genre project. Based on the independent comic book series written and published by Steve Hillard and Dennis Nowlan, Ferrante will develop the project as a television series, along with Hillard’s partner in “The Chronicles of Ara” franchise, Joel Eisenberg.
Ferrante, who will serve as director and executive producer of the proposed series, says “Farway Canyon combines that nostalgic innocence of classic genre movies while adding some fun, modern sensibilities to it.. It’s going to be a blast bringing this amazing world to life that Steve and Dennis created.”
“We are excited to be working with a talent of Anthony’s caliber,” says Hillard. “’Farway Canyon’ is a multi-layered take on the great sci-fi monster flicks of the 1950s and 60s. The story centers on a group of idealistic college students who investigate a lost Cold War project more secretive and potentially threatening than Area 51. Our project is a perfect canvas for Anthony’s patented brand of action and humor.”
Nowlan adds: “We want to introduce younger audiences to an updated genre by paying homage to movies like Them, Godzilla, Forbidden Planet and even Dr. Strangelove.”
Hillard and Eisenberg are authors and television producers who work primarily within the pop culture, science fiction and fantasy genres. Their acclaimed novel series, “The Chronicles of Ara” and “The Lost Chronicles of Ara,” have been lauded by artists as diverse as multiple New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer and noted filmmakers John Landis and Bill Duke. In early 2015, they sold television rights to Ovation TV. The duo are also producing the nostalgia-themed talkfest, “Then Again with Herbie J Pilato,” which premieres in January of 2017 for Decades, a CBS and Weigel Broadcasting company.
Ferrante and the team expect to pitch “Farway Canyon” beginning in January.