AMC has ordered six one-hour episodes of martial arts drama Badlands for premiere in late 2015 or early 2016, the network said today as part of its TCA sessions. Badlands joins The Walking Dead and the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul as AMC’s only straight-to-series orders. The project from writers/show runners Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville) is very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale Journey To The West. 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.
Gough and Millar will exec produce along with Oscar-nominated producers Stacy Sher and Michael Shamberg (Pulp Fiction, Contagion) and master martial arts filmmakers Daniel Wu (Tai Chi Zero) and Stephen Fung.