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?
Director Mick Garris (“Bag Of Bones”, “The Stand”) is taking a break from adapting Stephen King books into miniseries in order to tackle Invasion, a 1950′s sci-fi show which is being described as a mix between “The Outer Limits” and “Mad Men”.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Invasion, a title selling in Cannes by Little Studio Films, represents a change of pace of director Mick Garris, who made his name in the horror field… the writer-director is now making his first foray into science fiction. Even more interestingly, period science fiction. Garris described Invasion as The Outer Limits meets Mad Men, a time of “men in ties and hats and when you thought you could trust the government.””
A.J. Ferrara wrote the script which “Centers on a woman reporter trying to show a male-centric newsroom that she is more than just “boobs and a skirt.” In trying to step out of the style pages she’s been relegated to she uncover the truth behind an alien invasion.”
The project is currently looking for its female lead and Little Studio is selling the rights at Cannes. Head inside for a look at the sales art. READ MORE
Zombies are what “The Walking Dead” does best. Everything else is what “Mad Men” does best. Bring all that together and you have “Walking Dead Mad Men”, the very best of what AMC has to offer (come to think of it, Gus Fring from “Breaking Bad” would make a rather organic addition). While a few characters from “Dead” show up in this viral mashup, it’s the “Mad Men” aspect that really piques my interest. It’s nice to know that, even while rotting, Lane Pryce is probably keeping a firm eye on the company’s bottom line.
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