Jonathan Demme directing new AMC pilot


An Academy Award-winning director will be helming the pilot for AMC's upcoming sci-fi drama 'Line of Sight.'

Jonathan Demme, who won an Oscar for his work on "The Silence of the Lambs," will be helming the show's premiere episode. 'Line of Sight' is a "genre-bending odyssey that focuses on a National Transportation Safety Board investigator named Lewis Bernt. Bernt mysteriously walks away from a plane crash and then tries to figure out why. As he digs deeper, his world becomes clouded by paranoia as his obsession with the truth grows.

Production on the project is scheduled to begin later this year. It is being written by 'Brotherhood's Blake Masters, who is also executive producing (as is Demme).

Demme is no newcomer to the world of television. He has directed a few episodes of HBO's 'Enlightened,' and also directed and executive produced CBS' 'A Gifted Man' during its brief life.

In addition to "Silence of the Lambs," he has directed films such as "Philadelphia," "Rachel Getting Married," "The Truth About Charlie," and the 2004 remake of "The Manchurian Candidate."

It can be hard to judge a pilot without seeing it and by just reading a synopsis of what happens. This sounds like a really interesting project, though. AMC has been hitting home runs left and right. Even 'The Killing,' which drew a lot of critical scorn after it failed to deliver what was expected after the first season, has righted the course somewhat and become a much better series.

AMC also has two other high profile pilots in development with 'Ballistic City' and 'Halt & Catch Fire.'

- Jonathan Demme
- Line of Sight
- amc

Written by: Hamatosan
Jun 18th, 2013, 11:13 am

Images courtesy of AMC


Message Posted On Jun 20th, 2013, 6:29 am
totally agree about them trying to push higher quality original programming as part of what does sorta seem like a larger plan in consideration of becoming a premium subscription channel... their issues with Dish were made extremely public - and they were not afraid to go straight after their most loved shows and saying 'THIS is worth changing (or AT LEAST threatening to change) TV providers' as well as 'If you know or love someone with DISH [wait it became a disease now? lol.. well it wasn't that harsh]... or if you have DISH Network - hopefully you can change services or find someone to watch these shows with! or you're S.O.L.' and of course, due to it being active, the MAIN focus was on The Walking Dead - and I admit, I do find it to be an amazing AMAZING work of art --- not many tv shows or movies can be without music without at least the occasional feeling that there is something missing or you're watching an old, reminds me of watching an old western that I find boring. But The Walking dead, even with an almost 'old school' look to the footage, is totally engaging, and extremely interesting not only as a drama and the plot, but the character study element feels evenly balanced. Some of those Anti-DISH network commercials were even custom made with The Walking Dead themes... And it was as if all AMC felt that had to do, was say THE WALKING DEAD and BREAKING BAD really loud, mention Mad Men, and just murmur in a few other things - and THAT could justify not just their beef with Dish Network, but even with those commercials, it felt as if they could re-write them to fit a paid subscription service scenario and were warning viewers to sign up before they'd lose the content... With the level of quality on The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad - another SUPER ADDICTIVE show, also silent, also with an almost 'old school' shooting style feel.... just amazing content WITHOUT any of the filler ... even their special effects are almost entirely on film when they can pull it off. And although I haven't gotten into it, I've been hearing from several friends I NEED to watch Mad Men, so I can only guess its close to the same caliber.... if they pushed out these pilots that are doing good, at minimum drastically improving over time... get a few more at the same caliber as Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead - which to me IS subscription channel quality (actually somewhat better), based on HBO and Showtime's original series, then I think with a few other decent original series to still provide a good amount of content, they could strive for that precise goal... They already have shown they do well at being able to to stand up and yell 'The quality of this programming is WORTH the extra money!' directly to their audience... and at the time, you really are wondering - if you had Dish Network, that'd suck... you'd take that into serious consideration and likely (at least in my hypothetical scenario I would) check into the recent prices of other providers at minimum...

Message Posted On Jun 18th, 2013, 4:47 pm
I'm really excited to see how this one turns out. It sounds like it could be really impressive. I wouldn't be surprised if AMC fully intends to bring all of their pilots in production into series, as they've been doing so well and there schedule is so full of repeats and old films. If they can get five nights of quality programming for prime time, I wouldn't be surprised to see them try to transition to a pay service considering the issues they had with dish network last year.
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