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From creator and executive producer Rachel Caris Love, the project is based on the novel of the same name by Adrienne Celt and inspired by the famed Nabokov marriage

New York, NY – August 17, 2021 – AMC Studios announced today that it has opened a writers’ room for a potential new series “Invitation to a Bonfire.” From creator and executive producer Rachel Caris Love (“Physical,” “Circe,” “Moonfall,” “Blindspot”), the hour-long series is based on the novel of the same name by Adrienne Celt and inspired by the famed Nabokov marriage. The project is being developed as part of AMC’s “scripts-to-series” model, which opens writers’ rooms to develop prospective series that, in success, move straight-to-series.

“Invitation to a Bonfire” is a taut psychological thriller set at an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey during the 1930s. The series follows Zoya, a naïve Russian groundskeeper, who becomes obsessed with the school’s newest faculty member, an enigmatic novelist, and is drawn into a lethal love triangle with him and his bewitching wife.

“Based on an exquisitely crafted novel, we’re excited to put this gripping story of love, loss, and identity into a writers’ room,” said Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “With a brilliant visionary like Rachel driving this effort, we look forward to exploring these complicated, captivating characters and seeing how a potential series takes shape.

About AMC Studios

AMC Studios is the in-house studio, production and distribution operation for AMC Networks Inc. AMC Studios’ first series, The Walking Dead, is the highest-rated series in cable history. Since then, AMC Studios has produced several critically acclaimed, award-winning and culturally distinctive originals for AMC including scripted series Fear the Walking Dead, The Terror anthology, Lodge 49, NOS4A2, Dispatches From Elsewhere, Soulmates, and the upcoming 61st Street and Kevin Can F**k Himself, as well as unscripted series: Ride with Norman Reedus, James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction, Eli Roth’s History of Horror and Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America. The Studio has also produced for SundanceTV the Peabody Award-winning Rectify, original series Hap and Leonard, as well as the unscripted true crime franchise including Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders and The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park.

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