After the success of The Walking Dead, did you think AMC was done investing in genre television? As Breaking Bad and Mad Men are nearing their end, AMC is looking to create their next big TV property by teaming up with The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd for Area 51.
The project is based on Annie Jacobsen’s Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base and, according to THR, “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 Ellis Kessler (The Practice, The Unit) is also on board as an executive producer and will be handling writing duties. This project is in the very early development stages, so don’t expect too much new information until late this year or early next year. To give you a better idea of what is being used as the source material, here is the official synopsis from Annie Jacobsen’s novel:
It 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.