11:00am PT by Rick Porter
'Black Mirror' Writer's Sci-Fi Romance Anthology Ordered to Series at AMC
AMC is getting into the episodic anthology game.
The cable network has ordered six episodes of a show that mixes science fiction and romance. It comes from Black Mirror writer Will Bridges, who won an Emmy for the show's "USS Callister" installment and writer and actor Brett Goldstein (Hoff the Record, SuperBob). It's based on their 2013 short film For Life and will explore what it means when everyone can find their soulmate.
“This is AMC’s first foray into non-serialized storytelling, and we’re trying to do so in the boldest way possible," said David Madden, president of programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. "The show explores how technological innovation can impact the most delicate matters of the heart, and each episode will turn personal life choices into high-stakes drama. It’s a fresh yet relatable idea, portrayed through wildly entertaining tales with unexpected twists, humor and meaningful emotion. Will and Brett are immensely talented creators, and we are thrilled to have these new and observant voices on AMC.”
AMC has done seasonal anthologies, including its current series The Terror and the upcoming Dispatches From Elsewhere from Jason Segel, but the Bridges/Goldstein show will be the cabler's first where the cast changes out episode to episode.
The untitled series is set 15 years in the future, when science makes a discovery that changes the lives of everyone on the planet — a way for people to find their soulmate. Each episode will tell the story of a different couple and explore the cost of finding true love, with each one different in tone and featuring a spectrum of characters and relationships.
“I'm thrilled to be working on this show with AMC," said Bridges. "To get the opportunity to expand on the short film Brett and I made and tell new stories about how messed up love can make a person is something we're both very grateful for and extremely excited about."
Added Goldstein, "I am extremely excited and honored to make our show about soulmates with AMC, the network responsible for at least two of my favorite shows, one of which I definitely watched legally.”
Bridges and Goldstein will executive produce the series with Jolyon Symonds through Fearless Minds, a Banijay Group company. AMC Studios is producing.
The Bridges/Goldstein anthology joins an AMC scripted lineup that includes The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Lodge 49, Preacher (entering its final season), McMafia, the aforementioned The Terror and Dispatches From Elsewhere and the upcoming NOS4A2. A third Walking Dead series has also been greenlit.