New Sci-Fi & 1950s Hollywood Witch Hunt Dramas From AMC

amcIn their upfronts in NYC AMC announces two new dramas with pilots going into production.

First off is Ballistic City, written and co-produced by Terry Beacham (Pacific Rim), with the pilot to be directed and co-produced by Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, TRON: Legacy)

The press release describes Ballistic City as “Blade Runner meets Battlestar Galactica” and tells the story of a former cop thrust into the criminal underworld of a city housed in a generational space ship destined for an unknown world.

There’s no word when Ballistic City might hit screens, but AMC apparently feels that it would be a good match for The Walking Dead, which seems to suggest either end of October or sometime in February for the second half of the series.

Next up is Ashland, a drama set against the backdrop of the early 1950s Hollywood witch hunt. Ashland tells the story of Del, the destitute and desperate wife of a blacklisted screenwriter who moves the family to Ashland, a tiny mining town in Kentucky, where she must hide her family’s secrets and find a way to support her three children at the height of the Red Scare.

Ashland comes from writers Allison Anders (who directed episodes of Southland, Sex and the City, and The Mentalist) and Terry Graham, with Anders set to direct.