AMC NETWORKS AND AMC STUDIOS ANNOUNCE PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT
AMC NETWORKS AND AMC STUDIOS ANNOUNCE PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT
Entertainment Networks and AMC Studios Developing Broad Range of Projects Reflecting Fresh Ideas and Strong Voices
CA – JANUARY 16, 2020 – At the Television Critics’
Association (TCA) Press Tour, AMC Networks and AMC Studios announced a partial list
of current projects in development. The broad slate, which includes potential AMC
Studios series being developed for the company’s Entertainment Group and also
projects being developed for potential sale to other content companies, reflects
fresh ideas and strong voices from creators and talent including Scott Z.
Burns, Katie Couric, Owen and Stephen King, Megan Mostyn Brown, Armadu Garba, Eliza
Clark, Mark Johnson, Zack Whedon, Scott
Gold, Ilana Glazer, T Bone Burnett and many others.
“We’re looking for highly original visions and
voices as we think about how AMC Networks evolves. The projects in
development both on the Entertainment Group side and at AMC Studios all embrace
people with singular and surprising points of view,” said Sarah Barnett,
president of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios. “We will
prioritize creative risk-taking that doesn’t rely on the shock and awe of sheer
size, but instead delivers the surprise and delight of brilliant storytelling
in our quest to stand out with human-scaled brands in this dynamic and changing
content environment. There is so much phenomenal talent to discover and so
many new, different, electric stories to be told.”
under development include:
Networks Entertainment Group Development
AS THIS STORY DEVELOPS – Producers Katie Couric and Wendy Walker.
Inspired by the friendship between Katie
Couric and Wendy Walker, two young women begin their careers in broadcast news
in the ‘80s, charting the incredible moments in history that they were able to
be a part of.
NATIONAL ANTHEM – Writer Scott Z. Burns (The Report, Contagion), Executive
Producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad,
Better Call Saul, Rectify, Halt and Catch Fire), music and lyrics by Craig
Finn (The Hold Steady). Music
produced by T Bone Burnett.
musical dramedy following the Nordstrom Family who, after falling down the
ladder of American life, need to figure out what actually makes life worth
SLEEPING BEAUTIES – by Owen King, based
on the novel by Owen and Stephen King. Executive Producers Michael Sugar and
Ashley Zalta for Sugar23, Owen King and Stephen King.
a small Appalachian town, there’s a strange mystical occurrence that causes all
the women to fall asleep, leaving the men to try and rescue them. But do the
women want to be rescued?
BUNNY – by Megan Mostyn
Brown (NOS4A2, Gotham) based on the
novel by Mona Awad.
A lonely student is drawn into a mysterious
clique of girls called The Bunnies and begins to partake in their strange
off-campus ritual – conjuring boys from rabbits, where the good ones stay as
romantic partners and the bad ones are mercilessly axed.
PANTHEON – one-hour animated drama series written
by Craig Silverstein (Turn, Bones)
based on short stories by
Ken Liu, award-winning sci-fi writer. Silverstein
is an executive producer. Titmouse will serve as the animation
production company and is also producing a 10-minute animated short.
In this animated drama set in a world where uploaded
consciousness is not just science fiction, a young woman begins receiving
messages from an unknown number that claims to be her deceased father. Trying
to uncover the truth, she stumbles upon a larger conspiracy involving the
NIGERIA 2099 – Ahmadu Garba (The Sinner,Happy!)
will serve as writer. Mo Abudu and Heidi Uys of Nigeria’s EbonyLife TV will executive
Set in a futuristic world, NIGERIA 2099 tells
the story of Sgt. Charles Opkara, a local police officer in a poor
district of Lagos. Assigned to protect a visiting American businessman staking
out his district, Sgt. Charles begins to unravel a global conspiracy over
–Award-winning journalist and screenwriter Scott
Gold (Shooter, Under the Dome) will
serve as writer and executive producer. Harriet Gavshon and Tim Greene of South
Africa’s Quizzical Pictures will executive produce.
An Army veteran who
needs to disappear in a hurry falls in with a ragtag collective of mercenaries on
their way to Africa with a dangerous and unusual mission: to protect the most
iconic animals on earth by entering into armed conflict with poachers. This
provocative, fast-paced, one-hour drama follows the superhighways of wildlife
trafficking, a $10 billion-per-year, global enterprise of kingpins, corrupt
governments and criminal syndicates, all of them determined to cling to power
and money at any cost.
Studios Development for Potential Sale to Content Companies
SPARROW – Based on the science-fiction novel by Mary
Doria Russell, Executive Producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Rectify, Halt and Catch Fire).
Johan Renck as director and executive producer (Chernobyl, Breaking Bad, Bloodline, and The Last Panthers).
In the near
future, humans on Earth receive their first evidence of intelligent
extraterrestrial life when a radio telescope picks up a strange signal,
sounding like exquisite music, from a distant planet that will come to be known
as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible
expedition, the Jesuit leadership quietly organizes an eight-person scientific
mission of its own, comprised of a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. What
they find is a world so far beyond comprehension that it will lead them to
challenge the very notions of humanity and faith itself.
FATES AND FURIES –Based on the novel by Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies is written and produced by Eliza Clark (Y The Last Man, Animal Kingdom, The Killing,
Rubicon) and Zack Whedon (Come and
Find Me, Halt and Catch Fire, The Red Road, Rubicon)
An examination of a marriage and creative partnership, Fates and
Furies explores two perspectives of a marriage, from the husband and the wife,
and the truths and secrets that evolve over 24 years.
I RUN HOT – Executive
Producer/Writer/attached to star – Eliot Glazer (Broad City), Director/Executive Producer – Ilana Glazer (Broad City)
I Run Hot follows the unlikely friendship between Eliot, a gay
curmudgeon who never quite fit in with the community, and Colton, a famous
#instagay who can’t help but exemplify it.
WORK IT OUT – Executive Producer/Writer –
Becca Gleason (Summer ’03), Executive
Producer/attached to star – Anna Camp (Pitch
Perfect, True Blood), Executive Producer/attached to direct – Michael
Showalter (The Big Sick) of
Semi-Formal Productions, Executive Producer – Jordana Mollick (The Good Time Girls) of Semi-Formal
It’s 1994 in Myrtle Beach, and Kayla Tate — a long-time Jane
Fonda devotee and aspiring aerobics superstar — will do whatever it
takes to establish her workout empire in this darkly comedic
About AMC Networks
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celebrated original content, AMC Networks is the company behind the
award-winning brands AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and IFC Films.
Its diverse line-up of popular and critically-acclaimed series and independent
films include Killing Eve, Better Call Saul and The
Walking Dead, which has been the #1 show on cable television for nine
consecutive years, as well as Portlandia, Brockmire, Love After
Lockup, and the films Boyhood, Death of Stalin, and
many more. Its original series Mad Men and Breaking
Bad are widely recognized as being among the most influential and
acclaimed shows in the history of TV. The Company also operates AMC Studios,
its production business; AMC Networks International, its international programming
business; the subscription streaming services Shudder, Sundance Now, Acorn TV
and UMC (Urban Movie Channel); and Levity Entertainment Group, the Company’s
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About AMC Studios
AMC Studios is the in-house studio, production and distribution
operation for AMC Networks Inc. AMC Studios’ first series, The Walking
Dead, is the highest-rated series in cable history. Since then, AMC Studios
has produced several critically acclaimed, award-winning and culturally
distinctive originals for AMC including scripted series Fear the
Walking Dead; The Terror anthology,
Lodge 49, NOS4A2 and the upcoming Dispatches From
Elsewhere, Soulmates, 61st Street and Kevin
Can F**k Himself, as well as unscripted
series: Ride with Norman Reedus, James Cameron’s Story Of Science
Fiction, Eli Roth’s History of Horror and Hip Hop: The Songs that Shook
America. The Studio has also produced for SundanceTV the Peabody
Award-winning Rectify, original series Hap and Leonard,
as well as the unscripted true crime franchise including Cold Blooded:
The Clutter Family Murders and The Preppy Murder: Death in Central