AMC Goes Out Of This World For Development

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AMC continues to fortify its series development slate with an otherworldy entry.

Red Mars, written and executive-produced by Jonathan Hensleigh (Armageddon, Con Air), chronicles the inhabitants of the first human colony on the red planet.

The series, based on a novel by Kim Stanley Robinson, is executive-produced by Michael Jaffe and Howard Braunstein of Jaffe Braunstein Entertainment (Memory Keeper’s Daughter, 10.5) and Vince Gerardis, Ralph Vicinanza, and Eli Kirschner from Created By (Jumper).

 “In the past, our original series and miniseries have run the gamut from a period piece to the anti-hero to a western all with the look and feel of a one-hour movie event,” said AMC senior vice president of original series and miniseries Christina Wayne in a statement. “With Red Mars the network is returning to sci-fi, a genre that resonates well with our audience.”

AMC -- which has enjoyed original series success, notably Emmys for Mad Men, the first basic-cable series to win outstanding drama laurels and Bryan Cranston, who won the best actor in drama statuette for his lead role in Breaking Bad -- also has a pair of other shows in development.

Carter Bets the Devil examines the mysterious death of President Warren Harding and ties to magician Charles Carter, while Ice centers on family in New York’s diamond district.

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