Written by Eliot Laurence (Welcome to Me), Motherland is described as an epic military fantasy set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the U.S. government to fight for their country. The project is set in contemporary times where young women conscript at 18 and receive basic training in combat magic at a base called Fort Salem. The show follows three young women from basic into early deployment. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped. Women are on the front lines fighting looming terrorist threats that are familiar to our world, but their tactics and weapons are supernatural.
Laurence wrote the Sanchez-produced indie Welcome To Me, starring Kristin Wiig, and also penned TNT’s pilot Claws starring Niecy Nash. He’s repped by UTA and 3 Arts.
Motherland is part of a push in the drama arena by Gary Sanchez. The company also has drama pilot Succession at HBO, written by Jesse Armstrong and to be directed by McKay.