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AMC has greenlighted National Anthem, an eight-episode musical dramedy anthology series from writer/director Scott Z. Burns The Report, Contagion, and Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul executive producer Mark Johnson. Oscar and Grammy winning musician T Bone Burnett Crazy Heart is attached as the series' music producer with words and music by The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn
National Anthem is the first series greenlit under a new multi-year overall deal Johnson has signed with AMC Studios, under which he will develop new series for the company's Entertainment Group as well as other content companies.
Written and directed by Burns, National Anthem is the tragically funny story of a middle class midwestern family tumbling down the ladder of American society; periodically bursting into song as they struggle to catch themselves.
National Anthem extends AMC's streak of experimentation with genre and format. The network's three most recent new series orders consist of a show alternating between single-camera realism and multi-camera comedy Kevin Can F*** Himself, headlined by Annie Murphy, a two-season close-ended drama 61st Street and animated drama Pantheon, joined now by a musical dramedy anthology National Anthem.
“National Anthem is a family drama with deep resonant things to say about the fragility of our country, our world and our planet. Plus...it's a musical! In Scott's genius hands this results in a hugely original, intense, funny and moving piece of writing,” said Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks' Entertainment Group and AMC Studios. “We're so happy to work with Scott as he brings this unique story to life and absolutely delighted to continue our creative partnership with Mark, who we have been so lucky to work with on some of the most critically acclaimed series over the last decade.”
Johnson's overall deal expands his existing relationship with AMC Networks, where he currently serves as an executive producer on praised drama Better Call Saul. He previously executive produced AMC’s Emmy-winning drama series Breaking Bad, SundanceTV's Rectify, and AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire.
“I still can't believe that AMC and I have been able to assemble this dream team of storytellers,” said Johnson, who is currently producing Fever Dream directed by Claudia Llosa and the John Lee Hancock movie The Little Things. “We are poised to create something both singular and entertaining, told with moments, dialogue and song.”
Burns’ work in film includes producing the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, as well as An Inconvenient Sequel and Sea of Shadows. His writing credits include The Bourne Ultimatum for Paul Greengrass, as well as...
AMC has unveiled a slew of developments including scripted projects from Katie Couric, The Report's Scott Z. Burns, Broad City's Ilana Glazer and Owen and Stephen King.
The majority of the projects are being developed for its networks but there are also projects set up for AMC Studios to sell to third party broadcasters and digital platforms.
The well-stocked development pipeline was announced at the Winter TCA Press Tour.
AMC Networks Entertainment Group is developing More As This Story Develops from Katie Couric and Wendy Walker, National Anthem from Scott Z. Burns and Mark Johnson, an adaptation of Owen and Stephen King's novel Sleeping Beauties, Bunny from Megan Mostyn Brown, Pantheon from Craig Silverstein, Nigeria 2099 from Ahmadu Garba and Silverbird from Scott Gold.
More As This Story Develops is inspired by the friendship between Couric and Walker, two young women begin their careers in broadcast news in the '80s.
National Anthem, with music and lyrics from The Hold Steady and music from T Bone Burnett, is a musical dramedy following the Nordstrom Family who, after falling down the ladder of American life, need to figure out what actually makes life worth living.
Sleeping Beauties, which is exec produced by the Kings and Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta for Sugar23, is set in a small Appalachian town, there's a strange mystical occurrence that causes all the women to fall asleep, leaving the men to try and rescue them. But do the women want to be rescued?
Mostyn Brown's Bunny is based on the novel by Mona Awad and follows a lonely student, who is drawn into a mysterious clique of girls called The Bunnies and begins to partake in their strange off-campus ritual – conjuring boys from rabbits, where the good ones stay as romantic partners and the bad ones are mercilessly axed.
Pantheon is a one-hour animated drama series written by Turn's Silverstein and based on short stories by sci-fi writer Ken Liu Titmouse will serve as the animation production company and is also producing a 10-minute animated short. It is set in a world where uploaded consciousness is not just science fiction, a young woman begins receiving messages from an unknown number that claims to be her deceased father. Trying to uncover the truth, she stumbles upon a larger conspiracy involving the singularity.
Nigeria 2099 from The Sinner's Garba, who write and Mo Abudu and Heidi Uys of Nigeria's EbonyLife TV will executive produce, is set in a futuristic world and tells the story of Sgt. Charles Opkara, a local police officer in a poor district of Lagos. Assigned to protect a visiting American businessman staking out his district, Sgt. Charles begins to unravel a global conspiracy over depleting resources.