At the September 21st Emmy Awards AMC cleaned up: Mad Men became the first basic cable series to win best drama (and won for writing, too), and Bryan Cranston had a surprise win in the best actor category for Breaking Bad. And the network is not stopping there. The Hollywood Reporter reports today that AMC is developing a new series based on the 1992 Kim Stanley Robinson novel, Red Mars, under writer/executive producer Jonathan Hensleigh (who wrote the screenplay for Armageddon). The book is about the first human colony on the red (and kind of scary) planet. Jeremy Elice, VP of original programming, said that it will be character-driven and “not the spectacle of sci-fi that you typically see.” Hmmm.
And, that’s not all. In development the network also has Ice, about a family in the diamond district in New York City, and Carter Beats the Devil, based on the Glen David Gold book about magician Charles Carter. Plus, they are working on a remake of the 1960s miniseries The Prisoner with Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) and (yay!) Ian McKellen. Think HBO regrets passing on Mad Men yet?