AMC has placed orders for two new drama projects. Deadline.com reports that the cable channel ordered pilots for "Knifeman" and "Galyntine."
"Both will be produced by AMC Studios next year for consideration for series for 2015," the story reports. "The scripts for ‘Knifeman’ and ‘Galyntine,’ along with ‘White City,’ had been heating up for a pickup at AMC over the past month, with ‘Knifeman’ and ‘Galyntine’ now joining AMC pilot ‘Line of Sight.’"
Set in 18th century London, "Knifeman" is reportedly inspired by “The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching and the Birth of Modern Surgery,” the biography of John Hunter by Wendy Moore.
"It tells the story of a charming, arrogant, decorum-breaking genius who challenges societal norms to transform his visions into cutting-edge discoveries," the story reports. "A surgeon or ‘barber’ in a time when blood-letting and praying was the norm, John Tattersal is a hard drinking, hard living man not afraid to push the boundaries of modern medicine, even if it takes digging up a few graves to do it. While he makes his living running an unlicensed operating theatre out of his residence, he picks up extra cash harvesting organs for his brother Julian, favorite son and prized physician of the St. Stephen’s teaching hospital."
The pilot is penned by Rolin Jones and was developed by Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, with both set to executive produce.
"’Galyntine’ is rooted in a both fantasy/action adventure and science-fiction. In the vein of NBC’s ‘Revolution,’ It takes place at a time after a cataclysmic technology-induced disaster has resulted in a new society that has eschewed any form of technology," the story reports. "This catastrophic event leaves small numbers of survivors scattered around the planet and forced to adapt to isolation and unique challenges."
The project is written by Jason Cahill and executive produced by Cahill and Greg Nicotero, the report notes.
Said Joel Stillerman, EVP of programming, production and digital content for AMC: “These are both highly original and ambitious pilots that take us into worlds that we haven’t seen on TV before. The bawdiness and fun of ‘Knifeman’ and London in the mid-18th century; and the completely unique take on a post-apocalyptic world in ‘Galyntine’ are right in AMC’s wheelhouse of making television that is both unexpected and unconventional.”