Amazon is to make new live-action show based on Simon Stålenhag's Tales from the Loop.
The art of Simon Stålenhag nicely fits in with the current craze for suburban dystopia, whether it's found in TV classics like Stranger Things or Black Mirror, or the cinema of Neill Blomkamp. Robots and creepies emerging from dusk-lit roadsides and cul-de-sacs are a common feature in Simon's paintings, so it's no surprise that a new TV series is being based on them.
Tales from the Loop is the name of the show, as based on the book of the same name from 2015 which compiled some of Simon's early classics.
Its eight-episode run will tell the tale of the town of people who live above 'The Loop', a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe. A cast hasn't been announced, but we do know Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Know) will be directing the pilot, while Legion's Nathaniel Halpern and Planet of the Apes sequels director Matt Reeves are on board as executive producers.
"Simon Stalenhag's paintings are renowned for their vision of a not-too-distant, futuristic landscape," said co-head of television at Amazon Studios Albert Cheng on the project. "We are looking forward to bringing that to life and sharing it with the Prime Video audience."
The project is a co-production between Fox 21 TV Studios and Amazon Studios, and will also mark Swedish production and management company Indio's first foray into the US TV market.
Read our interview with Simon Stålenhag about his art, process and influences.