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AMC Developing Diverse Projects From Rainn Wilson, Chris Hardwick, Greg Nicotero and More

Posted by Adam Bryant on July 29, 2017

AMC announced today from the Television Critics Association Press Tour the current slate of select scripted and non-fiction projects in various stages of development for 2018 and beyond.

New projects include many from existing AMC creative partners including Better Call Saul producers Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment, Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick’s production company Fish Ladder, The Walking Dead executive producer, director and special FX make-up designer Greg Nicotero, and Fear The Walking Dead‘s Colman Domingo, among others.

The seven scripted projects for potential series consideration are among a broad number of projects currently being developed as part of AMC’s “scripts-to-series” model, which the network has successfully utilized for forthcoming drama series The Terror, Lodge 49 and the recently ordered Dietland.

“We are at our best when we bet on and support exceptional talent and this diverse development slate, from exceptional creators with distinct points of view, includes multiple projects from longstanding and successful AMC partners,” Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, said in a statement. “Our deep pipeline of projects embodies our ‘eclectic by design,’ quality programming approach and our ‘scripts-to-series’ development model that puts the emphasis on the most important part of our strategy – outstanding writing, a commitment to worlds you’ve never seen on TV before, and rich character development.”

Details on the projects under development are below.

 Untitled Rainn Wilson Project

A one-hour scripted series that follows an alien entity which takes over the body of a poly-addicted, middle-aged man living in the San Fernando Valley. Wilson (The Office) stars and executive-produces alongside executive producers Naomi Odenkirk and Marc Provissiero (Better Call Saul).

Shock Theatre

An anthology wherein each episode will be a brand-new sci-fi horror tale in the style of the B-movie classics. The Walking Dead‘s Greg Nicotero will direct and executive-produce alongside Matt Lambert (Into the Baldands) and Gail Berman and Joe Earley’s The Jackal Group.

Underbelly

From Dan Connolly (The SonInto the Badlands), this is a deep dive into the dark-side of pop culture. Using the lens of the horror genre, this anthology explores storylines related to the fan experience, celebrity, greed, alienation, obsession and vanity. The sensibility of the series is darkly funny, shocking, subversive and trippy. If pop culture is a kind of new religion, this show is the deranged heretic who interrupts the service and gets thrown out. Connolly will produce alongside Chris Hardwick and Mike Clements of Fish Ladder.

In The Middle Of The Street 

Inspired by Fear  the Walking Dead star Colman Domingo’s critically acclaimed play Dot, the series, about a family in fading West Philadelphia that must confront old secrets in order to face the challenges of their present, unflinchingly tackles aging parents, marriage, sexuality, and politics with humor and joy. Domingo will executive-produce alongside Alisa Tager of Collider Entertainment.

Liking What You See 

From Eric Heisserer, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Arrival, the series is set in a near future saturated with advertising and media images of beauty, the exception being the community of Saybrook, whose residents have all voluntarily adopted calliagnosia, a reversible, non-invasive procedure that eliminates their ability to perceive beauty. Once you have calliagnosia, no one looks prettier or uglier than anyone else; the people of Saybrook judge each other purely on their merits. But is this something the rest of the world is ready for? Based on a short story of the same name by Ted Chiang, who will consult, the series will be executive-produced by Heisserer and Chernin Entertainment (Hidden Figures, New Girl).

The Age of Miracles

Julia’s world is shifted, literally, when a shocking fact is made public: Earth’s rotation is suddenly, dramatically and inexplicably slowing down.  As the days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, and people start falling sick to a mysterious new illness. Julia is also forced to cope with the normal disasters of everyday life as her parents’ marriage falls apart and she struggles with lost friends and first love. Sinead Daly (The Get Down, Blue Bloods) will write and executive-produce with 21 Laps (Stranger Things).

Ballad Of Black Tom

Victor LaValle adapts his novella of the same name about Tommy Tester, a street musician and hustler in jazz age New York who works odd jobs to keep food on the table and a roof over his father’s head. But when he delivers an occult object to a reclusive sorceress, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and becomes caught up in a Lovecraftian conspiracy to conjure the destruction of the world. LaValle (Big MachineThe Changeling) is a co-executive producer on the project.

Wicked West 

This nonfiction horror anthology from Blumhouse Television (Get Out, The Jinx Split), uncovers the most frightening and disturbing tales from the Wild West. And they’re all true. Wicked West utilizes Blumhouse’s chilling cinematic style on this weekly series, telling stories of sadistic serial killers, murderous black widows, bloodthirsty family clans and local legends laced with the supernatural. With a tense horror, modern cinematic style, Wicked West brings a haunting approach to the untold stories of the bloodbath known as the American West.

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