AMC Networks has ordered a series of six episodes Moonhaven, a drama by writer-producer Peter Ock (Lodge 49, Black Sails) about a utopian colony on the Moon that may have the keys to preserving life on Earth, which has become increasingly dangerous. The series, produced by AMC Studios, is set to debut at AMC and AMC + next year.
Moonhaven was developed according to AMC’s script-in-series model, which includes the commissioning of a writing room to develop additional material and produce backup scripts for projects where the network is highly developed. AMC Studios has opened a room for writers Moonhaven earlier this year.
Ocko, who is in a general contract with AMC Studios, created Moonhaven aOthers will serve as showrunners in the series, which he is executive producing with Deb Spear.
The suspenseful thriller focuses on Bella Svai, a lunar cargo pilot and smuggler a hundred years into the future who finds herself charged with a crime and arrested at Moonhaven, a utopian community set in a paradise garden built on a 500-square-kilometer moon to end civilization on Mother Earth. A skeptic in paradise, Bella is embroiled in a conspiracy to gain control of the artificial intelligence responsible for Moonhaven’s wonders and teams with a local detective who will stop forces seeking to destroy Earth’s last hope before they themselves are destroyed.
“What intrigued us so much Moonhaven is that it’s an uncertain thriller set for a century in the future that basically couldn’t be more relevant today, “said Dan McDermott, president of the original program for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “Peter and his writing team have created some memorable characters and stories that we know will engage viewers and explore the complex and deeply emotional issues that are in the spotlight today and that could threaten existence on the only planet we have ever called home.”
Moonhaven joins two upcoming AMC shows that received orders directly in the batch through a batch script model, Kevin Can F ** K i 61st Street.
“I am incredibly excited to go to the moon with AMC,” said Ocko. “They’ve always been a great partner in supporting shows that are really different from the others and I’m looking forward to staying true to that brand.”
Ocko recently served as executive producer / showrunner at AMCs Lodge 49, which lasted two seasons. He joined the project as a showrunner in the development phase, teaming up with creator writer Jim Gavin to assemble a writer’s room, which also led to a serial order.