AMC has handed a six episode straight to series order to Badlands, a martial arts drama which hails from Al Gough and Miles Millar.
Badlands is set in a land controlled by feudal barons and tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.
The drama is loosely based on the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West” and was penned by Smallville‘s Al Gough and Miles Millar. AMC Studios is producing with Gough, Millar, Stacy Sher and Michael Shamberg executive producing alongside martial arts filmmakers Daniel Wu and Stephen Fung. The series is slated to air in late 2015 or early 2016.
“We are incredibly excited to help Al and Miles, as well as Stacey and Michael from Double Feature to bring Badlands to life,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s Executive Vice-President of Original Programming, Production and Digital Content. “This creative team has so much expertise in bringing a fresh take to classic genres from their film and television experience, and their take on martial arts will be no exception. Along with a beautiful story, they’ve also assembled the A-Team of martial arts fight choreography in Daniel Wu and Stephen Fung.”
With the pick up, Badlands becomes only the third project to land a straight-to-series order at AMC – joining the likes of The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul. It joins a drama line up at AMC which includes the aforementioned The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul as well as Turn, Mad Men, Halt & Catch Fire, Hell On Wheels and the upcoming The Walking Dead spin-off.