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AMC Orders Martial Arts Drama ‘Badlands’ Straight to Series

Drama is based on the classic Chinese tale ”Journey to the West“

AMC is heading to the badlands.

The network has given a straight-to-series order to “Badlands” (working title), a martial arts drama from Al Gough and Miles Millar (“Shanghai Noon,” “Smallville”).

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Billed as “a genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale ‘Journey to the West,'” the series will take place in a land controlled by feudal barons and 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, who created the series, serve as writers and showrunners, as well as executive producers, alongside Stacy Sher and Michael Shamberg (“Pulp Fiction,” “Contagion”). Martial arts filmmakers Daniel Wu (“Tai Chi Zero”) and Stephen Fung will also executive produce.

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The series, consisting of six one-hour episodes, will premiere either late next year or early in 2016.

“We are incredibly excited to help Al and Miles, as well as Stacey and Michael from Double Feature to bring ‘Badlands’ to life,” Joel Stillerman, AMC’s executive vice president of original programming, production and digital content, said of the series. “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.”

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