Peacock is ready to explore the Satanic Panic of the 1980s with its latest stock mic.
The NBCUniversal-owned streamer has given the series a direct order to Hysteria!a coming-of-age thriller set in the 1980s. The show comes from writer Matthew Scott Kane (embroiderers) and Good Fear Content by Chris Bender and Jake Weiner (the 2020 Mulan, my spy). Universal Studio Group’s UCP produces, and John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Dungeons & Dragons: honor among thieves) will lead.
“Our next series of thrillers Hysteria! will explore the complex world of Satanic Panic, amid 80s nostalgia, mystery, heavy metal and an all-American setting,” said Lisa Katz, president of scripted content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “We are thrilled to partner with this new coming-of-age story led by writer Matthew Scott Kane, executive producers and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, Good Fear, and our partners at UCP, for what is sure to be a compelling original series for Peacock viewers.
Hysteria! will follow the members of a struggling high school heavy metal band in the late 1980s. When their school’s beloved college quarterback goes missing, the band members capitalize on their town’s sudden interest in the occult by forging a reputation as a satanic metal band. Until a bizarre series of reported murders, kidnappings, and supernatural activity sparks a witch hunt that leads back to the group.
“This biting thriller delves into a mass moral panic and all the fears, desires, anger and terror that led to those dark days,” said UCP President Beatrice Springborn. “Matthew’s screenplay is original, intriguing and perfectly captures the frenetic energy of Satanic Panic. We can’t wait for audiences to experience the show on Peacock.
Kane, Daley, Goldstein, Bender and Weiner will serve as executive producers for the series. Scott Stoops is supervising producer.