The Son, based on the book by Philipp Meyer, was one of three drama scripts AMC selected for further development in May, along with Goliath and Ledge 49. They were to set up a writers room and work on scripts and outlines with an eye toward straight-to-series orders. The goal was to have three to five completed backup scripts, a few more outlines and a completely mapped-out first season. Kevin Murphy is The Son‘s showrunner and ran that show’s writers room prior to pickup.
AMC has been diversifying its series development and production model with straight-to-series dramas: Into The Badlands, which was a breakout last fall, and international co-productions Humans and The Night Manager. While Into The Badlands and The Walking Dead both bypassed the pilot stage with an episodic order, this is the first time AMC has taken the extra step of fleshing out the projects on the page before making a series-order decision.
In addition to straight-to-series orders, AMC still picks up pilots, including Fear the Walking Dead and Preacher, both of which went to series.
The Son, from writers/producers Philipp Meyer, Lee Shipman & Brian McGreevy and producer Michael Connolly, is a multi-generational epic telling of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas oil empire.