Now this has potential. Not only is Gale Anne Hurd a producer on “The Walking Dead”, she’s also had a hand in classics such as The Terminator and Aliens. AMC not only has “Walking Dead”, but also has fostered (occasionally contentiously) shows like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad”, both of which are light years better than “Walking Dead” (even though TWD is pretty good, there’s no contest).
So when they team up for a new show, I’m hoping for the best. Especially a show like “Area 51”, which not only has the period setting that worked so well for “Mad Men”, but also – you know – aliens. Seems like it could hit a cool middle ground between that show and “X-Files”. The whole thing will be adapted from the bestselling book of the same name by Annie Jacobsen and scripted by Todd E. Kessler.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Published in May, Jacobsen’s book revolves around the famed military installation in the world that has never been acknowledged by the U.S. government and explores the myths about the area and those who believe that region is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems and nuclear facilities. Jacobsen interviewed 19 men who served on the base and additional servicemen who were employed there. AMC’s entry will take place in the 1950s-1960s and will focus on those who work at the base and protect the country’s secrets — including the remains of the alleged alien crash at Roswell.”
Sounds pretty cool, no?