OK, this just caught my eye during a random bit of IMDB browsing. On Ridley Scott’s upcoming projects list I see he is down as executive producer on The Terror, a TV movie based on the novel by the same name by Dan Simmons.
Here’s the IMDB blurb:
Set in 1847. A crew of a Royal Naval expedition is sent to find the Arctic’s treacherous Northwest Passage but instead discovers a monstrous predator, a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival, the consequences of which could endanger the region and its native people forever.
I read The Terror a few years ago (I think 2008) and loved it. It is based on the real story of the doomed Franklin Expedition that had set out to find the Northwest passage. There were some added supernatural goings-on, but what struck me most about the book was it’s detailed and authentic recreation of what life must have been like for the sailors stuck on the icebound ships for months. I’ll be interested to see what this movie turns out like.