3:30pm PT by Kate Stanhope
AMC Developing Dramas From 'Fear the Walking Dead,' 'Humans' Writers
AMC is ramping up its drama development slate.
The cable channel has opened writers rooms for three potential drama series from the producers of network series Fear the Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels and Humans, among others.
From Jami O’Brien (Hell on Wheels, Fear the Walking Dead), NOS4A2 is based on the novel by Joe Hill and centers on Victoria McQueen, a woman who has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. Charles Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides, transporting them to an astonishing — and terrifying — playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.” Vic, with her gift, is the only one able to track the superhuman Manx. But finding him is the easy part. Defeating Manx and rescuing his victims will take everything Vic’s got and nearly kill her in the process. Hill will executive produce with O'Brien. AMC Studios and Tornante will co-produce.
Pandora, from Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Humans, MI-5), is described as a global mystery-thriller following three converging storylines as ordinary individuals try to piece together dark secrets leaking out into the world after advanced malware dismantles encryption across the internet. Vincent and Brackley will exec produce with Jane Featherstone, Dan Isaacs and Christopher Fry of Sister Pictures. AMC Studios will produce.
The third and final project, Silent History, hails from writers Claire Carré and Charles Spano (Embers). Adapted from the award-winning app and novel created by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby and Kevin Moffett, Silent History tells the story of a generation of unusual children — born without the ability to create or comprehend language, but with other surprising skills of their own. As the condition spreads to epidemic levels, theories form and society is faced with how to deal with this new evolution of human. Silent History plays on the fears of technology and the threat of “the other,” shaking up our assumptions about who we are and how we should live. Owen Shiflett is attached to produce the project, which hails from AMC Studios.
This is just the latest occasion AMC has opted to forgo the traditional pilot process in favor of its unique scripts-to-series model, allowing the channel to get an in-depth look at a potential first season before handing out a series order. The network utilized the same approach for the recently renewed Western The Son and the forthcoming drama Lodge 49.
“We look forward to diving deep into these three distinctive projects and opening writers’ rooms that allow our talented creative partners to take their visions to the next level,” AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios president Charlie Collier said Wednesday in a statement. “It's gratifying to have Jami, Sam and Jonathan, who have been so important to AMC’s success through their previous work, bring new projects to the network. We also welcome and look forward to working with Claire and Charles as they explore their unique take on an exciting world.”