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Futuristic Drama From Ridley Scott in the Works at AMC Deadline

A futuristic drama project is under way at AMC after the cable channel inked a two-year first-look deal with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, Deadline.com reports.

“The pact, Scott Free’s first such first-look agreement with a cable network, stems from the production company’s collaboration with AMC on ‘The Terror,’ a drama series project based on the 2007 best-selling novel by Dan Simmons, which was taken in for development by AMC in February,” the story reports.

In addition to “The Terror,” two other dramas are in the works under the deal. “One is an untitled futuristic, dystopian, sci-fi saga from executive producer and writer Jason Cahill (‘Fringe’) and producer and Emmy-winning prosthetic makeup artist and ‘The Walking Dead’ co-executive producer Greg Nicotero, who also has a deal at AMC,” Deadline reports.

The piece adds: “The other, ‘Raiders,’ from executive producer and writer Evan Wright (‘Generation Kill’), was among the finalists at this year’s AMC pilot script showcase held this month. It 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.”

Joel Stillerman, executive VP of Original Programming for AMC: “We are excited for the opportunity to work with Scott Free as we continue to develop and produce scripted dramas that defy expectations with truly original stories and characters.”

David Zucker, president of Scott Free Television, added: “We have tremendous admiration for AMC’s success in pushing the boundaries of television and storytelling.”

Feature writer David Kajganich is writing “The Terror,” which comes from Scott Free TV, Television 360 and feature producer Alexandra Milchan.