Orphan Black: New Series Being Developed at AMC

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Variety is reporting that AMC is now in early talks to bring the beloved series Orphan Black back to TV, after it ended its five-season run on the channel two years ago.

It is not a sequel or reboot, but rather a new show set in the same world telling a whole new story with new characters. Producers are now seeking a writer for the series and will be bringing in people to pitch different takes on the show. AMC did not comment on what that premise will be, but based on what the original BBC America show covered, it could be about the eugenics-experimenting Dyad Institute or their hyper-religious counterparts, the Proletheans.

While original creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson are not involved in the new series at this time, that could conceivably change as development continues.

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Then there's the issue of the starring cast.

The series ran from 2013 to 2017 with a total of five seasons and starred Tatiana Maslany as a woman who discovers she has multiple clones. Maslany's awe-inspiring turn as the multiple clones created by the Dyad Institute carried the show, and elevated it from its cable sci-fi foundations. The producers are now looking for a writer, but it's interesting that it's being developed at AMC instead of at BBC America.

We'll keep you updated on the status of this Orphan Black spinoff. BBC America is under the "AMC Networks" umbrella, and indeed later this year the second season of the BBC America show Killing Eve will be simulcast on both BBC America and AMC to expand the show's reach.

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