Friday, January 8, 2016

AMC Gives Straight-to-Series Order to Drama 'The Son'

AMC has given a straight-to-series order to The Son based on the book by Philipp Meyer. The series pickup was announced today from the Television Critics Association's winter press tour.

The Son is a multi-generational drama about America's birth as a superpower told through the rise and fall of one Texas oil empire.

The drama was developed by Philipp Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy. Kevin Murphy will serve as showrunner for the first season. Michael Connolly will also executive produce. Sonar Entertainment will produce.

"Philipp Meyer's epic novel The Son is storytelling at its finest, chronicling the engrossing lives of a Texas family over six generations and serving as an incredible foundation on which to build an equally gripping television series," said Joel Stillerman, President of Original Programming and Development for AMC and SundanceTV. "We're looking forward to partnering with Philipp and the terrific team behind The Son to bring this beloved story to life."

"The Son is more than a rollicking historical fiction," said Murphy. "I was attracted to the deeper themes the book explores concerning the nature of family honor and legacy, the psychology of violence, custodianship of land, racial scapegoating - America grew up struggling with these issues, and we're still doing so today."

"We couldn't be more excited to be bringing The Son to life on AMC," said Meyer. "This will be a big show in which we dig deep into the epic story of our country. AMC has given us a huge template, and we will be going even further and deeper into our characters and their stories than I could have ever imagined when I wrote the book."