Ridley Scott's production company Scott Free has signed a first-look television deal for the first time in its history--and it's with the latest powerhouse network, AMC.
AMC already boasts 'The Walking Dead,' 'Breaking Bad' and 'Mad Men,' series that have completely altered the television landscape. Now, AMC has a two-year first-look deal with Scott Free that involves Scott Free developing scripted dramas for the network.
Scott Free and AMC were already in business developing 'The Terror,' a drama series project based on the 2007 best-selling novel by Dan Simmons which began development in February. Written by hot feature writer David Kajganich, 'The Terror' is set in 1847 when the crew of a Royal Naval expedition to find the Arctic’s treacherous Northwest Passage discovers instead a monstrous predator--a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival, the consequences of which could endanger the region and its native people forever. Scares, otherworldly creatures and no real answers? Sounds like Ridley Scott's work to me.
Joining 'The Terror' are two new drama projects being developed by Scott Free as part of the AMC first-look deal. The first is a futuristic, dystopian, sci-fi saga from executive producer and writer Jason Cahill ('Fringe'). The other is titled 'Raiders' and is a WWII drama about a rogue U.S. Navy commander who leads an unconventional warfare unit into the heart of Africa on a mission that will bend the arc of history.
Scott Free already produces 'The Good Wife' at CBS, which was recently renewed for another season. Scott Free is also producing the Showtime pilot 'The Vatican,' which Ridley Scott himself will direct. Scott is the Academy Award nominated director of such smash-hit features as 'Prometheus,' 'Black Hawk Down,' 'Gladiator' and 'Alien.'