Netflix’s ‘Archive 81’ Horror Series: What We Know So Far

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Archive 81 is an upcoming horror series in development at Netflix that loosely inspired by the podcast of the same name. Rebecca Sonnenshine (The Boys, The Vampire Diaries) will serve as showrunner, while James Wan (Aquaman, The Conjuring) will be an executive producer on the project along with his production company Atomic Monster Productions.

Netflix’s Stranger Things director Rebecca Thomas is tapped to direct four episodes including the pilot and will serve as executive producer as well. She has also signed to direct the upcoming live-action adaptation of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Paul Harris Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) developed the original script and will executive produce. The creators of the original podcast Marc Sollinger and Daniel Powell will also be producers the new series. Showrunner Rebecca Sonnenshine offered her comment on Archive 81:

“With Archive 81, we’re hoping to give the supernatural horror genre a new twist — while keeping a dark, deeply emotional romance as its core. I’m excited to take Netflix viewers on a terrifying and visually thrilling adventure.”

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From left: showrunner Rebecca Sonnenshine, executive producer James Wan and director Rebecca Thomas


What is the plot of Archive 81?

As mentioned above, the series is said to be very loosely inspired by the horror podcast series of the same name. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plot of Archive 81 centers on Dan Turner, an archivist who takes a mysterious job restoring a collection of damaged videotapes from 1994 and finds himself reconstructing the work of documentary filmmaker Melody Pendras and her investigation into a dangerous cult. As Dan is drawn into Melody’s story, he becomes convinced he can save her from the terrifying end she met 25 years ago.


Who is cast in Archive 81?

Mamoudou Athie and Dina Shibabi

The two series leads for Netflix’s Archive 81 are Mamadou Athie (The Get Down, Uncorked) and Dina Shibabi (Altered Carbon). Athie will play Dan Turner, the aforementioned archivist. Shibabi will portray Melody Pendras. Both characters are taken from the original podcast.


How many episodes will Archive 81 have?

Netflix’s Archive 81 will have 8 one-hour episodes. The original podcast by which the series is inspired by has three seasons so far, so if the adaptation is successful, we should expect a renewal for more seasons and episodes.


What’s the production status on Archive 81?

According to Production Weekly, a reliable industry database, production for Archive 81 is currently planned to begin in Pittsburgh, US in Fall 2020. That being said, delays are also entirely possible during a global pandemic.


When will Archive 81 be released on Netflix?

No release date has been announced for Archive 81, but it would be safe to assume that the eight episodes will be dropped on Netflix sometime in 2021 or possibly even 2022.

Are you looking forward to Archive 81 on Netflix? Let us know in the comments.

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