AMC to Develop AREA 51 Series Based on Annie Jacobsen’s Book; THE WALKING DEAD’s Gale Anne Hurd Will Executive Produce

     July 27, 2012


AMC is adding aliens to their collection of meth dealers, zombies and ad men with a new series, Area 51.  With Breaking Bad and Mad Men approaching the end of their runs, the network is keen to develop Annie Jacobsen’s best-selling book about the secretive military installation.  The book features a series of interviews with former servicemen employed on the base and examines the myths surrounding the classified zone.  The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd is set as the EP on Area 51, which will be written by The Good Wife’s Todd E. Kessler; Jacobsen will also co-produce.  Hit the jump for more declassified details on Area 51.

THR reports area-51-annie-jacobsen(via The New York Post) that AMC’s Area 51 will take place in the 1950s to 60s and center on the people who work there and protect the country’s secrets (and yes, they will include the Roswell events).   Development news comes after word that the network is killing off The Killing rather than return the series for a third season.  Read up on the book description from Jacobsen’s Area 51 below (via Amazon):

Area 51 is the most famous military installation in the world. And it doesn’t exist. Located a mere seventy-five miles outside of Las Vegas in Nevada’s desert, the base has never been acknowledged by the U.S. government-but Area 51 has captivated imaginations for decades.

Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing itself was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

area-51-book-coverAnnie Jacobsen had exclusive access to nineteen men who served the base proudly and secretly for decades and are now aged 75-92, and unprecedented access to fifty-five additional military and intelligence personnel, scientists, pilots, and engineers linked to the secret base, thirty-two of whom lived and worked there for extended periods. In Area 51, Jacobsen shows us what has really gone on in the Nevada desert, from testing nuclear weapons to building super-secret, supersonic jets to pursuing the War on Terror.

This is the first book based on interviews with eye witnesses to Area 51 history, which makes it the seminal work on the subject. Filled with formerly classified information that has never been accurately decoded for the public, Area 51 weaves the mysterious activities of the top-secret base into a gripping narrative, showing that facts are often more fantastic than fiction, especially when the distinction is almost impossible to make.