The CW Network has picked up the U.S. rights to the apocalyptic sci-fi series The Swarm, based on the Frank Schatzing novel
An adaptation of author Frank Schatzing’s apocalyptic sci-fi novel The Swarm (you can pick up a copy at THIS LINK), not to be confused with the Donald Glover / Prime Video series Swarm, was a long time coming. Uma Thurman, Michael Souvignier and Till Gronemeyer bought the film rights in 2006. Ted Tally, the screenwriter of The Silence of the Lambs, was responsible for the adaptation, and Dino De Laurentiis helped finance the film. But it never made it to production. In 2018, it became known that the executive producer of Game Of Thrones, Frank Doelger, would be teaming up with Beta Film and ZDF Enterprises in order to bring The Swarm as an eight-part television series. The Berlin Film Festival premiered the first episodes of the show five years after it was announced. The CW Network’s President of Entertainment, Brad Schwartz, called their acquisition of The Swarm “a big swing”. The Swarm
is a global environmental thriller set in a present day where anomalies and unnatural behavior of marine animals are causing upheaval all over the world. Swarms stop large vessels from maneuvering. Toxic jellyfish and lobsters attack humans along the world’s coasts. The show follows a group of scientists and military personnel who work together to solve one of the greatest challenges mankind has ever faced. The cast includes Cecile de France (High Tension
), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Sex Education), Jack Greenlees (Star Wars: The Last Jedi
), Lydia Wilson (Flack), Krista Kosonen (Blade Runner 2049), Alexander Karim (Dying of the Light) The cast includes Cecile de France (High Tension), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Sex Education), Jack Greenlees (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Lydia Wilson (Flack), Krista Kosonen (Blade Runner 2049), Alexander Karim (Dying of the Light), Leonie Benesch (Babylon Berlin), Barbara Sukowa (Hannah Arendt), Takuya Kimura (I Came With the Rain), Takehiro Hiera (Giri/Haji), Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (
Game of Thrones), Dutch Johnson (
Veep), and Joshua Odjick (Unsettled
).The Swarm was originally expected to start filming in 2019, but the development of the series and production prep took longer than expected, then filming was delayed a year due to the pandemic. Filming began in Italy and Belgium in summer 2021. Have you read the book and will you watch the TV adaptation? Please let us know what you think by leaving a message below.