If you’re a fan of the paranormal like we are at Dread Central, this news about Amblin and Blumhouse teaming up for “Phenomena,” a new TV series that examines the government’s involvement in ESP and psychokinesis experiments should be right up your alley.
We have all the early details here courtesy of Deadline.
Per the site, Blumhouse Television and Amblin Television have partnered to jointly option the rights to Annie Jacobsen’s upcoming book Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis to develop as a TV series.
The book is published by Little, Brown and Company and comes out next week on March 28th (pre-order here). It traces the U.S. government’s long-hidden history of military and intelligence agency experiments on extraordinary human functioning, including mental telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and other forms of extrasensory perception (ESP), for defense purposes.
Blumhouse and Amblin are serving as co-studios on the project. Jacobsen (author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon’s Brain and international bestseller Area 51) will serve as executive producer along with Amblin TV co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey and Blumhouse TV co-presidents Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold.
The project marks a reunion for Blumhouse and Amblin, who partnered on the short-lived ABC horror series “The River” back in 2012.
For more than forty years, the U.S. government has researched extrasensory perception, using it in attempts to locate hostages, fugitives, secret bases, and downed fighter jets; to divine other nations’ secrets; and even to predict future threats to national security. The intelligence agencies and military services involved include CIA, DIA, NSA, DEA, the Navy, Air Force, and Army–and even the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Now, for the first time, New York Times bestselling author Annie Jacobsen tells the story of these radical, controversial programs, using never-before-seen declassified documents as well as exclusive interviews with, and unprecedented access to, more than fifty of the individuals involved. Speaking on the record, many for the first time, are former CIA and Defense Department scientists, analysts, and program managers as well as the government psychics themselves.
Who did the U.S. government hire for these top secret programs, and how do they explain their military and intelligence work? How do scientists approach such enigmatic subject matter? What interested the government in these supposed powers, and does the research continue? Phenomena is a riveting investigation into how far governments will go in the name of national security.