Orphan Black spin-off series in development at AMC

Brenda Watkins
March 13, 2019

U.S. channel AMC (part of the same company as originators BBC America) is considering a new show set in the same world.

Variety is reporting that AMC is now in early talks to bring the beloved series Orphan Black back to TV, after it ended its five-season run on the channel two years ago.

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Sources stressed, however, that this would not be a spinoff or reboot of the original series, but rather a completely new story set in the same world. There's now a search for a writer to bring the concept to life and the producers are fielding multiple pitches and perspectives - nearly mirroring the various personalities of the Clone Club itself. However, don't count on Tatiana Maslany to return and don another wig to play the 13th member of the Clone Club. We'll bring you more about the surprising new future of Orphan Black as we learn it.

Orphan Black producer Temple Street Productions is said to be on board with the concept and will meet with writers to suss out the scope of the story. As the sci-fi show progressed, the plotline followed Sarah Manning as she tracked down her many clones and attempted to uncover the truth behind the secretive science experiments that created them. When AMC acquired the rights is an unknown, since the series aired on BBC America - but this could be part of a new simulcast relationship like that between AMC and BBC America with the second season of Killing Eve (BBC America is co-owned by AMC Networks). She was nominated for three Emmys and a Golden Globe during the show's run, winning the Emmy for best actress in a drama series in 2016.

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