New Orphan Black Series Planned | News

New Orphan Black Series Planned | News

A new series set in the Orphan Black universe is now in development at AMC, Variety has confirmed.

The show is now in the early development stages, but would be from the same production company (Temple Street Productions) that made the original. It appears that the cable channel is searching for another big genre hit as the hype around The Walking Dead fizzles, and Orphan Black's small but devout fanbase might be able to provide that.

The show is not a sequel or reboot of the BBC America cult series, but rather a show telling a new story with new characters within the same universe as the original. Writers are now being sought for the project, with Temple Street intent on bringing in multiple scribes to pitch their own unique visions for the show. It starred Emmy victor Tatiana Maslany as multiple clones in the Peabody Award-winning series that all started on a train platform.

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AMC and Temple Street declined to comment.

For those not in the know, Orphan Black told the story of Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany), a woman whose world is turned upside down when she encounters multiple clones of herself - the first of which, a copy going by the name of Elizabeth Childs, promptly commits suicide.

There's also the question of why AMC is developing this series rather than BBC America, which aired the original in the US from 2013 to 2017. When AMC acquired the rights is an unknown, since the series aired on BBC America - but this could be part of a new simulcast relationship like that between AMC and BBC America with the second season of Killing Eve (BBC America is co-owned by AMC Networks).

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