NBC is developing a small screen adaptation of the podcast The Black Tapes, Deadline reports this afternoon. The supernatural drama will be written and executive produced by “Emerald City” co-creator Matthew Arnold and podcast creators Paul Bae and Terry Miles.
“The Black Tapes” adaptation follows a journalist’s investigations into the unexplained supernatural mysteries caught on tape by a skeptical scientist. Each week the two of them embark on a journey exploring the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both.
“In the podcast, host Alex Reagan narrates a nonfiction-styled fictional story over multiple episodes, using a format that has been compared to Serial. The story begins as a biography of paranormal investigator Dr. Richard Strand, an “evangelical skeptic” on a mission to debunk all claims of the supernatural. Reagan becomes interested in his collection of unsolved cases, which she begins calling his “Black Tapes,” and the podcast evolves into an exploration of these cases, paranormal culture, and the mysterious life of Dr. Strand.”
Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner executive produce for 360 Productions. Universal TV is the studio.