New ‘Orphan Black’ Series in the Works at AMC

     March 12, 2019

A year and a half after it went off the air, it appears Orphan Black may be making a comeback. Variety reports that a new Orphan Black series is in development at AMC with Temple Street Productions—which produced the original series—onboard to produce. This won’t be a continuation of the BBC America show that ran for five seasons, nor will it be a spinoff. Instead, it will reportedly be a new show with new characters that takes place in the same universe as Orphan Black.

Orphan Black debuted in 2013 on Space in Canada and BBC America in the U.S. with a ridiculously catchy pilot: Tatiana Maslany played a British con artist named Sarah Manning who sees a woman who looks identical to herself commit suicide by jumping in front of a train. 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. Maslany drew critical acclaim for playing all the clones, winning the Best Actress in a Drama Series Emmy Award in 2016.


Image via BBC America

Details regarding this new series are unclear, and it’s very much in the early stages. The producers are currently looking for a writer, but it’s interesting that it’s being developed at AMC instead of at BBC America. BBC America is under the “AMC Networks” umbrella, and indeed later this year the second season of the BBC America show Killing Eve will be simulcast on both BBC America and AMC to expand the show’s reach. So there’s a bit of an overlap between the two, and perhaps Orphan Black on AMC could reach a wider audience.

Orphan Black wrapped up with its series finale in August 2017, and it ended on a particularly happy note albeit one that does lend itself to a continuation of some sort given the whole sci-fi conspiracy ordeal. It’ll be interesting to see if Maslany is involved in this show at all, if only for a cameo in the pilot, or if showrunner Graeme Manson—who’s currently running TNT’s upcoming Snowpiercer—will consult. Stay tuned, folks.