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TV: AMC Teams Up With Gale Anne Hurd From “The Walking Dead” For “Area 51”

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?



  • flesheater24

    This could be rad

  • DownNola1995

    This sounds interesting, but when I first saw the pic before i read the article, I thought we were finally getting news on Oren Peli’s Area 51 lol. Seriously, I know its had a bunch of reshoots, but it was announced like right after PA 1 started. I know Oren Peli is rather discreet about that stuff which is a good thing, but i dont know he wont at least say if its finished. I hope its a good movie. I think a found footage alien movie would be good especially because of how fake the aliens look in movies when they use too much CGI.

  • DownNola1995

    know why*

  • undertaker78

    I’m so sick of hearing Breaking Bad and Mad Men are soooooo much better than The Walking Dead. It’s tiresome and insulting to those of us who LOVE horror and ONLY horror. I gave each Breaking Bad and Mad Men one episode and I was bored to tears. It’s truly amazing how people cream themselves over this and then moan over The Walking Dead.

    • EvanDickson

      @undertaker78 Why would you ONLY love horror? You don’t have room for other genres?

      I love horror the most out of any genre, but that also means being honest and not saying something’s the best just because it’s horror.

      • undertaker78

        No, I do not have room for any other genres because I love horror that much. I try to watch and support as many horror projects as possible. I would rather give my money and time to my favorite genre and overall passion.

        Give me the bottom of the barrel horror leftovers any day of the week over “acclaimed” and “perfect” cinema.

        Sorry if I sound disgruntled but I’m sick of horror fans taking cheap shots at the genre they’re supposed to love so much. Maybe my problem is that I’m too big of a fan…

        • EvanDickson

          @undertaker78 I’m not taking cheap shots at the genre. I just think The Walking Dead could be better than it is.

  • Nothing333

    I think breaking bad is an amazing show that the blogs hype up wayyyyyy too much. Mad men is a complete snooze that white people like to over celebrate. But really both are better than TWD, especially season two. But back on topic this could be cool. I hope it has better pacing than all of the other AMC series.

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