The Emmy-winning director will helm the environmental thriller series, based on the Frank Schatzing bestseller.

Alan Taylor, an Emmy-winning director best-known for his work on The Sopranos and Game of Thrones, has signed on to direct the international series The Swarm, based on the best-selling environmental thriller of the same name by German author Frank Schatzing.

Set in the present day, The Swarm imagines a global environmental crisis where swarms of strange worms, mussels, toxic jellyfish, lobsters and whales suddenly emerge in the oceans worldwide, threatening humanity and the future of the planet itself.

An international group of scientists and military experts uncover the shocking fact that the coordinated attack is actually being directed by a collective intelligence that has always existed on the planet, residing at the bottom of the sea. After suffering the ravages of civilization on its habitat, it has decided to fight back.

Intaglio Films and ndF International Production are producing the first 8-episode season of The Swarm, with shooting set to start in early 2020

“It is rare to come across a show that is global in scale and yet really functions at an emotional and character level, while being highly relevant to what we are wrestling with today,” Taylor said in a statement. “It’s amazing material with the structure of a thriller. It builds towards an ending which I find devastating and transcendent, all at the same time. I’m very grateful to be a part of this.”

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