Amazon Prime Instant Video UK has secured the first run UK broadcast rights to AMC’s upcoming martial arts drama Into The Badlands after striking a deal with international distributor Entertainment One (eOne), TVWise has learned.
Into The Badlands will premiere on Amazon Prime Instant Video UK on Tuesday November 17th, some 48 hours behind the US broadcast on AMC. New episodes will the continue to be made available every Tuesday through to the season one finale on December 22nd.
Loosely based on the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West”, 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 series is produced by AMC Studios and stars Danniel Wu (Tai Chi Zero), Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings), Aramis Knight (The Dark Knight Rises), Oliver Stark (Luther), Emily Beecham (28 Weeks Later), Orla Brady (Fringe), Sarah Bolger (The Tudors), Ally Ioannides (Parenthood) and Madeleine Mantock (Edge of Tomorrow).
“We’re delighted to announce that we’re bringing another world-class TV series from AMC exclusively to our Amazon Prime customers here in the UK,” said Chris Bird, Film & TV Strategy Director for Amazon Instant Video UK. “Into the Badlands takes audiences on a cinematic journey like they have never experienced before, through a post-apocalyptic future, where stylishly choreographed fight scenes, and a thrilling storyline of the pursuit of power, freedom and destiny will have audiences hooked from the first scene”.
As TVWise previously reported, Amazon Prime Instant Video UK’s acquisition of Into The Badlands emanates from a wider output deal that the streaming service agreed with eOne for the catalogue of AMC and SundanceTV’s original scripted series produced by AMC Studios, except in rare cases where AMC Global retains first window rights for their UK channel, as they did with Fear The Walking Dead. After Into The Badlands has launched on Amazon, AMC UK will get the linear repeat rights, with plans to air the series in 2016.
“We’re delighted to be expanding our existing relationship with Amazon on Into the Badlands which was much sought after when we launched it at MIPCOM”, added Stuart Baxter, President, of Entertainment One Television International. “We’re looking forward to bringing another bold, highly-anticipated AMC series to UK audiences.”