More big news out of AMC today following the announcements that 'Comic Book Men' and 'Freakshow' are being renewed and 'Breaking Bad' will return in August--complete with a companion talk show 'Talking Bad' to follow. AMC is developing a massive new sci-fi drama series seen as a companion piece to the hugely-successful 'The Walking Dead;' the sci-fi epic is written by Joseph Kosinski and Travis Beacham and is entitled 'Ballistic City.'
Joseph Kosinski is the director of the sci-fi feature film 'TRON: Legacy' as well as the writer and director of the Tom Cruise film 'Oblivion,' in cinemas now. Kosinski is parlaying his recent feature success into a deal with AMC where he would direct and executive produce 'Ballistic City,' with the script being written by Beacham ('Clash of the Titans'). Beacham also wrote the upcoming Guillermo del Toro feature 'Pacific Rim.'
'Ballistic City' is being described as 'Blade Runner' meets 'Battlestar Galactica;' high praise, indeed. 'Ballistic City' tells the story of a former cop thrust into the criminal underworld of a city housed in a generational space ship destined for an unknown world. Given that the series would take place on board the space ship, AMC would likely be able to cut costs associated with a sprawling sci-fi epic in the same fashion that 'Battlestar Galactica' kept scope and costs under control. The manner by which 'Ballistic City' is intended as a companion to 'The Walking Dead' is insofar as both projects are genre works with a human element amidst an unfamiliar world.
Who would you like to see play a space-age former cop on 'Ballistic City?'