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Could AMC successfully resurrect the martial arts TV drama?
On Friday, AMC announced a straight-to-series order for Badlands, a new series based “very loosely” on the Chinese tale “Journey to the West.” The project is from writer-producers Al Gough and Miles Millar, who in addition to The CW’s Smallville also did the kung fu comedy film Shanghai Noon. Also on board are producers Stacy Sher and Michael Shamberg (Pulp Fiction) and martial arts filmmakers Daniel Wu (Tai Chi Zero) and Stephen Fung. The show’s pitch: “In a land controlled by feudal barons, Badlands tells the story of a »
- James Hibberd
AMC has given a direct-to-series order to "Badlands," a new martial arts drama that has absolutely nothing to do with the classic Terrence Malick film featured in the picture accompanying this story. Actually, "Badlands" is based very loosely on the Chinese tale "Journey to the West." AMC describes thusly: "In a land controlled by feudal barons, 'Badlands' tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment." The "Badlands" order is for six, one-hour episodes that will premiere either in late 2015 or early 2016. The project comes from writer/producers Al Gough and Miles Millar. For the purposes of the release, AMC has their credits as "Shanghai Noon" and "Smallville," but for purposes of today's news cycle, Gough and Millar are also behind MTV's Terry Brooks adaptation "Shannara," which received a straight-to-series 10-episode order this morning. »
- Daniel Fienberg
AMC has ordered the martial arts drama "Badlands" straight to series. Six one-hour episodes will be produced for a late 2015/early 2016 airing.
The series is just the latest adaptation of the classic Chinese tale "Journey To The West," a work that inspired films like "The Forbidden Kingdom," series like "Monkey" and even video games like "Enslaved: Odyssey to the West".
Set in a land controlled by feudal barons, the story follows a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.
Al Gough and Miles Millar ("Shanghai Noon," "Smallville") will executive produce the project which marks only the third time AMC has ordered a show straight to series - the other two being "The Walking Dead" and the upcoming "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul".
- Garth Franklin
AMC is heading to the badlands. The network has given a straight-to-series order to “Badlands” (working title), a martial arts drama from Al Gough and Miles Millar (“Shanghai Noon,” “Smallville”). Also read: AMC's ‘Turn’ Earns Season 2 Renewal Billed as “a genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale ‘Journey to the West,'” the series will take place in a land controlled by feudal barons and tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment. Gough and Millar, who created the series, »
- Tim Kenneally
There can be only one. Since 1974, the answer to the question, "What is the best Western comedy?" has been Blazing Saddles. Whether he likes it or not, Seth MacFarlane's new film A Million Ways to Die in the West will be compared to Mel Brooks' classic movie, and not just by me in this Film Face-off. For those who are already upset that I'm not talking about Shanghai Noon, City Slickers, Wagons East and The Shakiest Gun in the West, I don't know what to tell you. Oh wait, I do... stop it. Now, on to the battle in the wild, wild west. Plot/Lead Blazing Saddles In order to get rid of a town on a future railroad path, a corrupt politician (Harvey Korman) hires a black sheriff (Cleavon Little), who is more cunning than...
- Jeff Bayer
The seemingly indestructible Jackie Chan has had a long and intermittent association with Western cinema. Hollywood studios appear to prefer him teamed up with a foil, be it Chris Tucker in Rush Hour or Owen Wilson in Shanghai Noon. When Chan does get his own crack of the whip in English language projects it’s for underwhelming fare like The Spy Next Door. Chan famously made three Rush Hour films before admitting he didn’t really get the joke, which hasn’t stopped him considering a return to the franchise.
The last big movie of this sort he was part of was The Karate Kid reboot and even that saw him share the screen with the expanding Will Smith family dynasty. But his latest role, announced at Cannes, will see him out on his own and dishing out his brand of expertly-choreographed mayhem to a bunch of no good terrorists »
- Steve Palace
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