‘Orphan Black: Echoes’ coming to AMC Networks

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Tatiana Maslany stars in “Ophan Black.” [BBC America photo]

AMC Networks is working on “Orphan Black: Echoes,” a long-awaited new series set in the world of the landmark series “Orphan Black,” to appear on AMC+ and the company’s linear networks in 2023.

Produced and distributed globally by Boat Rocker, the company behind the original series, “Orphan Black: Echoes” will have a 10-episode first season.

Anna Fishko (“Pieces of Her,” “The Society,” “Fear the Walking Dead”) is creator, writer, showrunner and executive producer with John Fawcett, the co-creator of the original series who also directed 17 episodes across all five seasons, on as director and executive producer.

“I am thrilled to begin this new chapter in the world of ‘Orphan Black.’ Creating a story that embraces the legacy of the original show has been so gratifying, and I’m excited for audiences to embark on a new journey that explores the big questions of what makes us who we are,” said Fishko in a statement.

David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, executive producers from Boat Rocker on the original “Orphan Black” series, return as executive producers on the new series. Katie O’Connell Marsh, Nick Nantell, and Kerry Appleyard also will executive produce for Boat Rocker, according to a news release.

“We started our journey down the ‘Orphan Black’ rabbit hole when Sarah Manning watched Beth Childs inexplicably jump in front of an oncoming train. Since then, a passionate fandom has joined us for a wildly entertaining ride,” said Fortier and Schneeberg in a statement. “We’re delighted to be partnering with AMC and Anna Fishko and joining forces again with John Fawcett, to boldly reenter the Orphan Black universe. Once again, we welcome Clone Club along for the ride and look forward to adventuresome new fans taking the leap. Strap yourselves in and hold on!”

Set in the near future, the new “Orphan Black” takes a deep dive into the exploration of the scientific manipulation of human existence. It follows a group of women as they weave their way into each other’s lives and embark on a thrilling journey, unraveling the mystery of their identity and uncovering a wrenching story of love and betrayal.

“’Orphan Black’ had a remarkable run on BBC America, attracting millions of dedicated and highly engaged fans, captivated by a smart and engrossing story and a star-making and Emmy-winning performance by Tatiana Maslany,” said Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks, in a statement. “We can’t wait to dive back in with Anna, John and our partners at Boat Rocker and deliver an all-new version of this rich world that is worthy of the #CloneClub.”

Boat Rocker manages the Orphan Black global franchise, including content distribution and consumer products.

“Embarking on a new saga of ‘Orphan Black’ with Anna, our partners at Boat Rocker, and AMC could not be more exciting.  For all our dedicated OB fans out there, I am thrilled that we can bring this new chapter to them. Without our fans, this new show certainly wouldn’t exist and for that I am deeply grateful.  I can’t wait to ‘follow the crazy science’ for them,” Fawcett said in a statement.

-BAM

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