When we last heard about AMC’s semi-secretive new series based on Annie Jacobsen’s best-selling book about Area 51, it was being helmed by producers of The Walking Dead and The Good Wife. Well, strike that last part. AMC announced at its upfronts yesterday that the series is officially in development with Gale Anne Hurd from The Walking Dead executive producing, but now X Files creator Chris Carter has been brought to co-executive produce and write the script.
As far as actual information about the show… yeah. Maybe a tick or two above bupkis, max. All AMC said is that its “a contemporary conspiracy thriller revealing the true story behind the infamous Area 51, America’s most mysterious military installation,” which seems unnecessary seeing as the cinematic masterpiece Independence Day already spilled all the beans about Area 51 way back in 1996. But what do I know, right?
Here’s what The Hollywood Reporter had to say about the source material when the show was first announced a few years ago:
Jacobsen’s book revolves around the famed military installation in the world that has never been acknowledged by the U.S. government and explores the myths about the area and those who believe that region is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems and nuclear facilities. Jacobsen interviewed 19 men who served on the base and additional servicemen who were employed there.
So, there’s that, too. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, here’s a picture I found on Getty when I searched for “Area 51.” I think it speaks volumes.