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AMC has found great success with their zombie dramas but their other shows haven't been nearly as successful in the ratings. How will Into the Badlands do? Will it be a hit or a miss? Cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.
A martial arts drama, Into the Badlands takes place centuries into the future in a feudal society called the Badlands. Seven rival Barons control access to the Badlands' essential resources and each one maintains an army of enforcers to protect their interests. In the middle of it, a warrior and a boy travel together as they seek enlightenment. The cast includes Daniel Wu, Marton Csokas, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, and Alexia Ioannides.
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The Widow (Emily Beecham) and Quinn (Marton Csokas) do battle in the new episode of “Into the Badlands.” In an exclusive clip obtained by TheWrap, Quinn’s raid on The Widow’s home culminates in an epic sword fight that sees Quinn grab a katana with his bare hand and throw it into a wall. The series stars Daniel Wu as Sunny, Quinn’s top soldier in a post-apocalyptic world. Quinn is the most powerful of seven Barons who rule this new world, with each Baron controlling an army of martial artists called clippers. Also Read: 'Into the Badlands »
- Joe Otterson
[caption id="attachment_39949" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Photo by James Minchin III/AMC[/caption]
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: November 15, 2015 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This martial arts drama series is set centuries in the future, in a feudal society called the Badlands. Seven rival Barons control access to the Badlands' essential resources. Each Baron maintains an army of enforcers known as Clippers.
Crucial to a Baron's rule, Clippers lead privileged lives. Loyal to a fault, Clippers are prepared to lay down their lives for their Barons, and most do before they reach the age of 30. A masterful martial artist and seasoned killer, »
"Into the Badlands" is set centuries from now, where a feudal society has emerged and the strongest and most brutal rose to wealth and power. This area came to be called the Badlands, and is divided among seven rival Barons who control the resources necessary to daily life and enforce their rule with the aid of loyal armies known as Clippers. Clippers enjoy status and comforts the general population can only dream of, and they are willing to sacrifice their lives in service to their Barons. Few Clippers ever live to see their 30th birthday, but Sunny (Daniel Wu) is no ordinary Clipper. Demonstrating lethal proficiency in martial arts, Sunny rose swiftly through the ranks to become Quinn's (Marton Csokas) Head Clipper and most trusted advisor. For decades, Quinn has been unchallenged as the Badlands' most powerful Baron, but the territory's newest Baron, The Widow (Emily Beecham), has begun staging »
Martial arts dramas, like musicals, can be defined as much by what happens in between all the fancy choreography as the quality of the actual fighting and/or dancing. If the story and characters aren't compelling when they're not twirling and leaping, then it places an enormous burden on the action/music to be so impressive — or, at least, so frequent — that it doesn't feel like a chore waiting for the next big set piece to arrive. "Into the Badlands," AMC's new series set in a dystopian future America where guns have been banned and disputes are settled with some combination of fists, feet, and swords, has some entertaining fight scenes. They're highly-stylized, employing a lot of wire fu and exaggerated effects when limbs are broken or chopped off altogether, and they tend to happen in the most dramatic conditions — a torrential downpour in an alley, an abandoned factory lit »
- Alan Sepinwall
The action scenes scattered throughout “Into the Badlands” are not just stirringly presented, they represent a test passed with flying — and bloody — colors. This efficient AMC series is an homage to classic Samurai films and kinetic action fare churned out by Hong Kong maestros of furious fists, and if the TV drama had failed to meet the standards set by the sturdiest examples of those genres, it would have seemed superfluous at best. Fortunately, star Daniel Wu is more than up to the task of occupying the center of this streamlined story of vengeance, tyranny and roundhouse kicks.
Well-deployed Louisiana locations are used to sketch out a retro-flavored vision of the future in which, after a period of massive unrest, large swathes of territory are controlled by seven barons who control key resources and employ large armies. It’s a good thing the barons — whose ranks include an ambitious woman »
- Maureen Ryan
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In the broadest sense, the 16th century Chinese novel that AMC’s Into The Badlands is based off, Journey to the West, can be seen in a large swath of popular culture. The guts of the tale – essentially four heroes who must traverse dangers and mysteries at each turn as they travel towards India to receive enlightenment and answers at the hands of Buddha – can be found in everything from movies like The Wizard of Oz and books like The Dark Tower and The Lord of the Rings to the 2010 video game Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.
AMC’s take on the material keeps the quest structure that the original story is known for, but it fails in multiple categories that other, more inspired works managed to capture. Its world is lavish and mysterious, and its overarching plot of »
- Mitchel Broussard
The first image from Jeff Nichols' "Loving," inspired by director Nancy Buirski's documentary "The Loving Story," shows Joel Edgerton as Richard Loving and Ruth Negga ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D," "World War Z") as his wife, Mildred, the plaintiffs in the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated laws against interracial marriage nationwide. After their June 1958 nuptials, the Lovings were arrested, thrown into jail, and exiled from the state. For the next nine years, the couple fought for their marriage and the right to return home as a family. The film, written and directed by Nichols, co-stars frequent collaborator Michael Shannon as Life photographer Grey Villet, as well as Nick Kroll, Jon Bass, Marton Csokas, and Bill Camp. Shooting is underway in Richmond, Va. CAA is selling domestic rights, with the Wild Bunch division insiders handling foreign sales. The "Loving" production team is. »
- Matt Brennan
Thanks to The Wrap, we’ve got a first look image from Loving, the latest film from Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud), which stars Joel Edgerton (The Gift) and Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple put on trial in Virginia in 1958.
Inspired by Nancy Buiski’s documentary The Loving Story, Loving also stars Nick Kroll (Adult Beginners), Marton Csokas (The Equalizer) and Bill Camp (12 Years A Slave), along with Nichols regular Michael Shannon.
- Gary Collinson
Amazon Prime has announced that it has secured the exclusive UK screening rights to AMC’s hotly-anticipated production Into the Badlands, as well as Fox’s DC/Vertigo adaptation Lucifer.
Set in a devastated future world controlled by powerful feudal barons, Into the Badlands tells the story of a ruthless warrior, Sunny (Daniel Wu, Tai Chi Zero), and a young boy, M.K. (Aramis Knight, The Dark Knight Rises), who embark on a spiritual odyssey across a dangerous land. The Badlands, as they are known, is controlled by rival Barons who have a stronghold on all resources and enforce their rule through loyal soldiers called ‘Clippers’. One such warrior is Sunny who, demonstrating lethal proficiency in martial arts, has risen swiftly through the ranks to become Head Clipper and trusted advisor to the merciless Quinn (Marton Csokas, The Lord of the Rings). When a new Baron, The Widow (Emily Beecham, »
- Gary Collinson
The producers of Jeff Nichols‘ interracial marriage drama “Loving” have unveiled the first photo of the film’s stars, Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, which debuts exclusively on TheWrap. Writer-director Nichols’ longtime collaborator Michael Shannon co-stars alongside Nick Kroll, Marton Csokas (“The Equalizer”), Jon Bass (“Big Time in Hollywood, Fl”) and Bill Camp (“Black Mass”). Inspired by Nancy Buirski’s documentary “The Loving Story,” the film stars Edgerton and Negga as Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who married in June 1958. They were arrested, thrown into jail, and exiled from their home state of Virginia. For the next nine years, »
- Jeff Sneider
Amazon Prime Video has secured the exclusive UK rights to stream upcoming martial arts drama Into the Badlands.
The sword-wielding six-parter will be available for unlimited streaming weekly from November 17.
The AMC drama is loosely based on the classic Chinese tale Journey to the West, and stars Daniel Wu as ruthless warrior Sunny who begins a dangerous quest across the dreaded Badlands along with a young boy named Mk (Aramis Knight).
AMC's new Into the Badlands premieres Sunday, November 15, 2015, at 10:00pm Et/Pt. Into the Badlands stars Daniel Wu, Aramis Knight, Marton Csokas, Oliver Stark, Emily Beecham, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Ally Ioannides, and Madeleine Mantock.
The photo heading this post is AMC's new key art, featuring Wu. Read AMC's latest press release and watch the trailer, below.
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AMC's new show Into the Badlands, made by the creators of Smallville and writers of Shanghai Noon, looks like a kung fu movie meets a steampunk western: The story is this: A feudal, Hobbesian society has emerged centuries into the future in a world called the Badlands, which has been divided among seven Barons. Each of them has an army known as Clippers, of which Sunny, played by Daniel Wu, is one of the best. He's the Head Clipper to Quinn (Marton Csokas), who has been the Hbic (Head Baron in Charge) in the Badlands for years. The newest baron, "The Widow" (Emily Beecham), though, has been challenging his rule. In one of the skirmishes between the two, Sunny finds M.K., a teenager with a bounty on his head (Aramis Knight), who trains to be a Clipper. Together, they have that classic martial arts student-teacher relationship — only with a »
- E. Alex Jung
Following up Room, it looks like director Lenny Abrahamson will be reteaming with his Frank star Domhnall Gleeson for his next project. The Daily Mail reports they are readying an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ ghost story The Little Stranger to shoot next summer. Set in the 1940’s, it’s said to follow a small-town doctor who treats a family in an 18th century estate. Scripted by Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl), we’re certainly looking forward to the project.
As we wait for Midnight Special to make its debut next year, director Jeff Nichols is already hard at work on follow-up, Loving. After taking on sci-fi, he’s now doing an historical drama, one which follows Richard and Mildred Loving an interracial couple who got married in 1958 and had to fight to keep their union due to opposition. With Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in the lead roles, Variety reports »
- Jordan Raup
Shannon, who has appeared in all of Nichols’ features up to now, is set to star in the new film which is inspired by Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Loving Story, and follows Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who were put on trial in 1958 in Virginia.
Nichols has already assembled an impressive ensemble for the film, with Joel Edgerton (The Gift), and Ruth Negga (World War Z) as the titular couple, alongside Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Nick Kroll (Adult Beginners), Marton Csokas (The Equalizer) and Bill Camp (12 Years A Slave) already cast.
Loving is currently in production and is set for a 2016 release.
- Scott J. Davis
Principal photography has begun on "Loving," writer/director Jeff Nichols' drama about the biracial couple, played by Joel Edgerton and Brit actress Ruth Negga, that sparked the seminal 1967 civil rights case Loving vs. Virginia. The film is inspired by Nancy Buirski's documentary "The Loving Story." After Richard and Mildred Loving married in June of 1958, authorities broke into their home, arrested them, and sentenced them to a year in the state penitentiary. This sentence was suspended on the condition that they be exiled from the state of Virginia. Richard and Mildred would spend the next nine years fighting to get home. New to the cast are Nick Kroll as Bernie Cohen, Jon Bass as Phil Hirschkop, Marton Csokas as Sheriff Brooks, and Bill Camp as Frank Beazley. Michael Shannon will play Life Magazine photographer Grey Villet, marking his fifth collaboration with Nichols, including films "Mud," "Take Shelter" and "Midnight. »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Some directors have actors they like to work with in all their films, Mud’s Jeff Nichols has Michael Shannon and he’s keeping the tradition alive with is latest, Loving, which is also adding Nick Kroll.Nichols’ new film is inspired by 2011 HBO documentary The Loving Story, in which Nancy Buirski chronicles the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, who married in 1958 in defiance of Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924. They were arrested and exiled from the state, but that kicked off a landmark civil rights debate that led to a Supreme Court case on the matter that invalidated laws banning interracial marriage.Joel Edgerton is playing Richard, while Ruth Negga is aboard as Mildred. Nichols wrote the script and has already started filming in Richmond, Virginia, with Bill Camp, Marton Csokas and Jon Bass also joining the cast.Loving will mark the fifth collaboration between Nichols and Shannon, »
Inspired by documentary “The Loving Story,” the film centers on Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who married in June 1958. They were arrested, thrown into jail and exiled from the state. For the next nine years, the couple fought for their marriage and the right to return home as a family.
Shannon will play Grey Villet, the Life Magazine photographer who shot the iconic images of the Lovings in 1965.
CAA is selling domestic rights, with Wild Bunch handling foreign sales.
The film will mark »
- Justin Kroll
Jeff Nichols has cast Michael Shannon in every one of his films so far, and that streak will continue with Nichols’ next project. Shannon is set to join Nichols’ interracial marriage drama Loving, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga. Nick Kroll, Jon Bass, Marton Csokas, and Bill Camp will also appear. Get details on the Michael […]
- Angie Han
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