AMC has announced that they are developing an Area 51 drama with Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. Earlier today, the network announced cancellation of the drama The Killing, possibly to make room for some extraterrestrial activity.
The new series will be an adaptation of Annie Jacobsen’s best-selling novel Area 51. The story revolves around the most famed military installation in the world that has never been acknowledged by the U.S. government. It explores the myths about the area and those who believe that region is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems and nuclear facilities.
The author interviewed 19 men who served on the base and several servicemen who were employed there to write her book. So it’s based on facts according to the people she interviewed.
Accroding to THR “AMC’s entry will take place in the 1950s-1960s and will focus on those who work at the base and protect the country’s secrets — including the remains of the alleged alien crash at Roswell.” Todd E. Kessler (The Good Wife) will write the script.
Damn, this is going to be an awesome series! If they put the same kind of production quality in this like they have their other series, it’s going to incredible. I’ve always been fascinated with Area 51, and I’m excited to see how this series turns out! I don’t think I’ll just be waiting for the series though, I think I’m going to read the book first.
What do you think about this Area 51 series being developed at AMC?
Here’s the book description:
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.
Annie 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.