AMC Orders Martial Arts Drama Badlands from Smallville EPs

Badlands AMC

AMC’s latest series pick-up appears to be in fighting form.

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The network on Friday announced a six-episode, straight-to-series order for martial arts drama Badlands.

Loosely based on Journey to the West, a Chinese novel from the 16th century, Badlands follows a warrior and a boy who team up for an adventure “across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.”

Set to premiere in late 2015 or early 2016, Badlands was created by showrunners/writers Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville), both of whom will executive-produce.

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  1. Mike says:

    Nobody is going to watch that. AMC is terrible at picking up shows since TWD.

  2. Katie_Mead says:

    “Monkey” magic! Yeah! Will Tripitaka be played by a male or female in this version?
    Why doesn’t AMC just dub one of the two large-scale versions that have come out this decade in China & Japan? Heck – why not just reshow the cult classic retelling from the late 70s?

  3. I wondered why it was going to take so long to come up with 6 episodes then realised Gough/Millar are also doing Shannara for MTV – presumably at the same time.

  4. bj says:

    Sounds like Kung Fu with a sidekick.

  5. Dennis says:

    Didn’t they do The Black Sash for The WB? That didn’t last…