7:36pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Oil Drama 'The Son' Lands AMC Series Order
AMC is going straight to series on another show.
The cable network has picked up The Son to series, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. AMC declined comment, but a formal announcement is expected to come Friday during the cabler's time at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour.
The Son is based on the book by Philipp Meyer and hails from Sonar Entertainment. Written and produced by Philipp Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy and producer Michael Connolly, it is described as a multi-generational drama about America's birth as a superpower told through the rise and fall of one Texas oil empire.
The series was one of three AMC put in development — including Goliath and Ledge 49 — with an eye on going straight to series after opening up a writers room and exploring additional scripts.
AMC more recently has changed its development pipeline, opting to go straight to series after reading multiple scripts — and avoiding the traditional pilot process. The cabler recently found success with Into the Badlands, which was also picked up straight to series.
Next up for AMC is The Night Manager and the adaptation of controversial comic book Preacher, the latter of which has had a long path to the screen (and included an AMC pilot order).
The Son also arrives after ABC attempted to mount a family soap set amid the oil industry. That drama, Blood & Oil, had its episode order trimmed and is not expected to return for a second season.