2018 New York Comic Con
Day 2 (October 5, 2018)
At this year’s New York Comic Con, we got a chance to speak with LORE‘s executive producer, Gale Anne Hurd and show runner for Season 2, Sean Crouch. LORE‘s second season premieres on Amazon Prime streaming on October 19.
Gale and Sean spoke on a range of issues including telling their horror stories in today’s surreal environment, wanting Andrew Lincoln to be on a future episode of LORE, having to table logistically difficult ideas and the challenges of adapting a podcast to television.
“They said more brutal murders of red heads. So, that’s why we brought Alicia Witt in …” – Sean Crouch
After the jump, check out transcribed excerpts from our interview with Gale Anne Hurd and Sean Crouch, as well as video of the full interview!
On whether Amazon asked them to tone down the violence for Season 2 …
Gale: “When you see this this season, you’ll see that most certainly was not …”
Sean: “… They went the other way with that. They said more brutal murders of red heads. Sooo, that’s why we brought Alicia Witt in. [laughs]”
On taking over as showrunner in Season 2 and storytelling goals …
Sean: “It was really exciting to come in and for them to say, you know what Sean go ahead and take Season 2 and make it more of a Twilight Zone, more of a Black Mirror-type show where we can tell a very simple character story but on an epic scale. With more money, more production value. That’s a really exciting box to play in. Especially for someone who loves horror. And to be able to have that, sort of the handcuffs taken off.”
Gale on wanting Andrew to appear in an episode of LORE …
“Oh my God. From your lips to Andy’s ears.”
On the differences between adapting Aaron Mahnke’s podcast to a TV episode versus breaking new stories …
Sean: “They were both equally difficult. In a, in a good way, though. Again, trying to say Aaron has 400 years of information in this; how do we tell a story that’s only 12 hours of this, this girl’s last 12 hours of her life. How do we tell that story? And make it visually exciting. Or in the new ones. I guess there is more freedom in the new stories because we weren’t tied to it. But I like being tied to his podcast. It gave us that basic building blocks to put our story on top of.”