AMC has passed on pilots Knifeman and Galyntine. This marks three consecutive drama pilots at AMC not to go forward, following the pass to Line Of Sight in March. It has been 15 months since the network last picked up a pilot to series — both Turn and Halt And Catch Fire in July 2013 — as AMC has been shifting strategy to more straight-to-series orders during the past year, including Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, martial arts drama Badlands and UK co-production Humans. The net has two high-profile pilot in the works: the Stephen Gaghan-directed Afghanistan drama White City, and the untitled Walking Dead companion.
Additionally, Preacher — Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s controversial 1990s comic book series — has been heating up for a pilot order, and the network earlier this month held a fall round of producer meetings on seven drama projects in consideration for a pilot pickup.
Galyntine and Knifeman both were swings for AMC as they explored new content territories — Galyntine was about a technology-induced disaster that has resulted in a new society that has eschewed any form of technology and Knifeman about a surgeon in 18th century London. Neither was flashy or featured known actors, something that helps new programs with no title recognition break through the clutter. New AMC series have a particularly high bar to measure up to because of the network’s tremendous early success with Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, which it has been looking to replicate. The network recently has refocused its efforts on drama series, exiting the unscripted arena.
“We have enormous admiration and appreciation for everyone associated with these projects,” AMC said in a statement. “We are grateful to have ongoing relationships with several of these talented creators and look forward to working together again.”
Galyntine was written by Jason Cahill and Greg Nicotero and produced by Scott Free; Knifeman was penned by Rolin Jones.
In addition to Better Call Saul, Humans and Badlands, AMC has returning juggernaut Walking Dead, the final installment of Mad Men and Seasons 2 of Turn and Halt and Catch Fire on tap for next year.