AMC orders 'Rubicon'

Political thriller lands 12 episodes

AMC is crossing "Rubicon," picking up the political thriller starring James Badge Dale to series.

"Rubicon," from writer Jason Horwitch and Warner Horizon, has received a 12-episode order.

Directed by Allen Coulter, the project revolves around a secret society that pulls the strings on the world political stage.

It centers on Will Travers (Dale), a brilliant analyst at a national think tank who discovers that his employers are not who they seem to be.

"Rubicon" is the third drama pilot for AMC and the third to go to series, following "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad."

"I don't think we can do much better than that," said the cable network's Joel Stillerman, senior vp original programming and production.

The pilot for "Rubicon" was greenlighted almost a year ago, with the network's development team took its time to figure out where the mystery would go after the pilot.

The project was a result of AMC's pursuit of a serialized drama to add to its original programming mix and it fit with the network's recently introduced new tag line: Story matters here, Stillerman said.

"We thought this was a great story to tell, which is relevant for the time we live in, with unique voice and characters in a very unique world that hadn't been explored -- think tanks," he said.

No production start date has been set yet for "Rubicon," which co-stars Miranda Richardson, Jessica Collins Christopher Evan Welch and Lauren Hodges.

"Rubicon" was packaged by ICM.