AMC has ordered six one-hour episodes of martial arts drama Badlands for premiere in late 2015 or early 2016, the network said today as part of its TCA sessions. Badlands joins The Walking Dead and the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul as AMC’s only straight-to-series orders. The project from writers/show runners Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville) is very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale Journey To The West. In a land controlled by feudal barons, Badlands tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.
Gough and Millar will exec produce along with Oscar-nominated producers Stacy Sher and Michael Shamberg (Pulp Fiction, Contagion) and master martial arts filmmakers Daniel Wu (Tai Chi Zero) and Stephen Fung.
“We are incredibly excited to help Al and Miles, as well as Stacey and Michael from Double Feature to bring Badlands to life,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s executive vice president of original programming, production and digital content. “This creative team has so much expertise in bringing a fresh take to classic genres from their film and television experience, and their take on martial arts will be no exception. Along with a beautiful story, they’ve also assembled the A-Team of martial arts fight choreography in Daniel Wu and Stephen Fung.”
Badlands will be distributed internationally by Entertainment One Television.