Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Miranda Richardson is going to be on TV! Even though she's absent from this press photo!
Today AMC announced plans for its latest original series, the conspiracy thriller "Rubicon," starring James Badge Dale (Chase on "24"). Given that AMC's other two original series are the fantastic "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad," I have nothing but high hopes about this latest enterprise...particularly since it will also star the fabulous Miranda Richardson, of "The Crying Game." To which I can only say: "Woo-hoo! Miranda Richardson will be in my living room on a regular basis! Chew on that, Stephen Rea!"
See, I was a bit of a "Crying Game" fan in my teen years (ah, yes -- I was SUPER cool, back in the day), and adored Richardson's bitch-tastic performance as the ice queen IRA babe Jude. Plus, I'm always happy to see accomplished actresses of a certain age get a career boost via TV (by the way, indie icon Lili Taylor will also be on the show). For more info about "Rubicon," see AMC's press release below.
NEW YORK, NY, June 24, 2009 – AMC announced today it has greenlit the dramatic series Rubicon. From writer and executive producer Jason Horwitch (Pentagon Papers, Medical Investigation), Rubicon is a conspiracy thriller that follows an analyst at a New York City think-tank whose work leads him to uncover a hidden clue that points to an unfolding global conspiracy. The one-hour, 12-episode weekly series will be produced by Warner Horizon Television. Rubicon marks the third series order from AMC. The first two series that the network developed were Mad Men and Breaking Bad.
“This script is an iconic project for us in that it underscores AMC’s brand promise of ‘Story Matters Here,’ combining great storytelling with a world that hasn't been explored on television before. Think tanks are inherently mysterious places with murky agendas, and it’s a great setting for a show like this. Jason's understanding of the conspiracy thriller genre is evident in a plot reminiscent of some great films like Three Days of the Condor and The Parallax View. We're thrilled to have a world class cast, director, and production team to bring this series to life,” said Joel Stillerman, SVP of original programming, production and digital content for AMC.
Rubicon revolves around a secret society that pulls the strings on the world political stage. The series focuses on an analyst at a national think tank who discovers that his employers are not who they seem to be. The show’s cast includes James Badge Dale (The Departed), Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under, High Fidelity), Dallas Roberts (Walk the Line, Flicka, The L Word), Jessica Collins (The Nine, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Christopher Evan Welch (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Lauren Hodges (Law & Order), Paul Butler (The Insider, Reign Over Me) with Arliss Howard (Full Metal Jacket, Natural Born Killers, The Sandlot) and Oscar®-nominated actress Miranda Richardson (The Crying Game, Sleepy Hollow).
AMC’s Joel Stillerman, SVP of Original Programming, Production and Digital Content; Vlad Wolynetz, Vice President of Production, Series and Movies; and Jeremy Elice, Vice President of Original Programming, will oversee the development and production of the new drama.
Rubicon’s pilot was produced in New York City and was directed by acclaimed film and television helmer Allen Coulter (The Sopranos, Hollywoodland, Damages and Nurse Jackie). Kerry Orent (Michael Clayton, Rescue Me) is the producer, and the casting director is Avy Kaufman (The Sixth Sense, King Kong, Garden State).