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    Into The Badlands

    JUL 11
    AMC Orders Martial Arts Drama 'Badlands' Straight to Series
    4:34 PM PDT 7/11/2014 by Lesley Goldberg

    UPDATED: The drama hails from "Smallville" duo Al Gough and Miles Millar and marks their second straight-to-series order in a day.

    AMC is adding to its drama roster.

    The cable network on Friday announced a straight-to-series pickup for martial arts drama Badlands.

    Badlands is described as a genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale Journey to the West. In a land controlled by feudal barons, Badlands tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.

    The home of Mad Men and The Walking Dead has ordered six hourlong episodes of the drama from AMC Studios for a premiere in late 2015 or 2016. The drama was created by writers-showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville), who will exec produce alongside Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg (Pulp Fiction) and martial arts filmmakers Daniel Wu (Tai Chi Zero) and Stephen Fung. Entertainment One will handle international distribution.

    Badlands becomes AMC's third show picked up straight to series at the network, joining Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul and ratings hit The Walking Dead.

    "We are incredibly excited to help Al and Miles, as well as Stacey and Michael from Double Feature to bring Badlands to life,” said AMC exec vp original programming Joel Stillerman. "This creative team has so much expertise in bringing a fresh take to classic genres from their film and television experience, and their take on martial arts will be no exception. Along with a beautiful story, they've also assembled the A-Team of martial arts fight choreography in Daniel Wu and Stephen Fung."

    For AMC, Badlands comes at a good time for the network, which has seen its latest two original scripted dramas — Turn and Halt and Catch Fire — stumble out of the gate. While Revolutionary War drama Turn was renewed for a second season, a decision on critical darling but ratings underperformer Halt has yet to be made. Neither series has broken through in a major way as AMC looks to replace Breaking Bad and the exiting Mad Men.

    Badlands joins a scripted roster that also includes veteran Hell on Wheels and dramas Knifeman, Galyntine and We Hate Paul Revere, the latter three of which are in the pilot stage. The network also is working on a Walking Dead companion series, which it is also eyeing for 2015.

    For Gough and Millar, Badlands becomes their second series on the air and the second one ordered on Friday. The pickup comes just hours after MTV ordered its adaptation of Shannara — also a straight to series addition — with a 10-episode commitment.
    Hmm. I don't have AMC.
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    A little more

    WSJ blog discussing the ramifications...
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    AMC’s Successor to Don Draper: The Monkey King


    A monkey dressed as a character from Journey to the West is pictured at a zoo in Shenyang, Liaoning province on May 10, 2014.
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    Can viewers suffering from “Mad Men” withdrawal seek solace in a 16th-century Chinese fable? U.S. television network AMC AMCX +0.61% hopes so.

    The cable network announced Friday that it plans to produce six, one-hour episodes loosely based on the Journey to the West, a famed Chinese tale in which a ragtag group of adventurers including a monkey with supernatural powers and a creature who’s half human, half pig travel west to procure a set of holy scriptures. The martial arts drama will be titled “Badlands” and is slated for a late 2015 or early 2016 premiere.

    The series’ title may conjure up images of Martin Sheen in Terrence Malik’s 1973 film of the same name, but this version of “Badlands” will tell “the story of a warrior and a young boy who travel across a dangerous land controlled by feudal barons to find enlightenment,” said AMC. The cable network said the show will be created by Al Gough and Miles Millar in partnership with Stacy Sher of Pulp Fiction, Michael Shamberg of Contagion and master martial arts filmmakers Stephen Fung and Daniel Wu.

    AMC, fresh off its smash hit “Mad Men,” a drama chronicling the lives of employees at a 1950s ad agency, said it hopes “Badlands” can replicate that show’s success. “This creative team has so much expertise in bringing a fresh take to classic genres from their film and television experience, and their take on martial arts will be no exception,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s executive vice president of original programming, production and digital content.

    While executives don’t say they’re trying to tap into the Chinese market with the new series, there’s a chance they might. The fact that Journey of the West is coming to U.S. television screens has been widely circulated on Chinese social media, where thousands of people have left comments, many lauding the news.

    Some Chinese commentators on Monday were skeptical, saying that the series would surely to fail in attempting to capture the magic of Journey to the West, a tale that’s standard childhood fare in China.

    Chinese viewers have been burned before. The original TV series “Journey to the West” was broadcast on China’s Central Television network in 1986 and has been remade countless times since. Many versions of the tale have sputtered amid poor special effects, bad costuming and cheesy dialogue. One version that aired on the Hong Kong station TVB earlier this year received a record 1,100 complaints, with viewers scoffing at the production quality and saying the choice of the show was too dated.

    The “Badlands” storyline isn’t expected to exactly mirror the plot of the old fable. But some Chinese viewers don’t seem to mind new takes on the old story. A 3D movie version, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, pulled in $196.7 million in China last year.

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    I truly hope this is will come

    We have threads on Arrow, Daredevil (needs update), Iron Fist, & Luke Cage (which I'm just starting now as an independent thread) but I felt this one needed the most luv because it's mentioned in the upcoming NOV+DEC 2014 issue

    Variety actually missed two more: Marco Polo and Kingdom (another one which I'm just starting now).

    Why Martial Arts Might Be the Next Big TV Trend


    September 17, 2014 | 10:07AM PT
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    Forget kryptonite. The real killer for the superhero TV genre might be oversaturation.

    Geoff Johns, CCO of DC Entertainment, is aware of this risk and is battling it through a diversification plan. This fall, the Warner Bros.-backed company will have four shows on three networks. It also has a fifth, the quirky, femme-skewing “iZombie,” in the warmer for the midseason on the CW.

    “We’re creating this DC Universe world and introducing these DC heroes that we haven’t even gotten to talk about yet,” Johns says. “If you look at the shows we’re developing this season with Warner Brothers and all the networks, you can see they are all very different… Diversity in the properties and the tones and the shows is really important because there’s a huge audience out there and we want to have stuff for everybody. That goes from film to comics to games to TV shows.”

    While this strategy has been successful with, say, financial advisers for generations, the key for television trends is in their ability to morph into the next big thing. This time, the emerging genre may be martial arts, since intense fight sequences are already a major part of many comicbook shows.

    As fans of the CW’s “Arrow” know, DC character Oliver Queen was trained in a number of combat practices during his time on a remote island. The leads in Marvel’s Netflix properties “Daredevil” and “Iron Fist” also possess these skills, while the netcaster’s “Luke Cage” series focuses on a street fighter.

    AMC has a different take on this trend, as the basic cabler has ordered martial arts drama “Badlands” straight to series. Although the show is based on the classic Chinese story “Journey to the West,” this is only time AMC has made such a commitment to a project that didn’t have a preexisting fanbase (unlike “The Walking Dead,” an adaptation of Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore’s popular Image Comics series, and “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul”).

    Al Gough, who co-created and is showrunning “Badlands” with partner Miles Millar, said martial arts speaks to the visual and visceral components of television, plus “it’s something that’s not on TV right now … also, it’s something you can actually do week-to-week. It’s something that looks great and is highly visual.”

    “I think there’s a great variety of martial arts that you can call on,” he says, adding, “oftentimes it’s a fight that comes down to two characters, and television has an intimacy that really lends itself to that.”

    Gough and Miller know a thing or two about being on the forefront of a TV trend — they also created the long-running Superman origin series “Smallville” for the WB/CW. Gough acknowledges that there’s “obviously an appetite for those shows,” but they’re now a lot more ubiquitous than when “Smallville” premiered in 2001.

    He wonders if special effects and flash are getting to be too much for audiences, predicting that “audiences want to get back to something that feels real and is very tactile and involves characters; not avatars.”
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    Dobkin ups the ante

    I trust you all read my Chollywood Rising column: Interview with Daniel Wu from our NOV+DEC 2014 issue.

    David Dobkin Boards AMC’s Martial Arts Drama Badlands

    BADLANDS BY SILAS LESNICK ON NOVEMBER 24, 2014



    David Dobkin, the director behind films like Clay Pigeons, Wedding Crashers, Shanghai Knights and, most recently, the Robert Downey Jr.-led The Judge, is set to serve as both series director and executive producer on AMC’s upcoming martial arts drama “Badlands.” What’s more, Emily Beecham (28 Weeks Later, The Village), Sarah Bolger (“The Tudors,” In America) and Oliver Stark (The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box, My Hero) have joined the cast as series regulars.

    “Badlands” is said to be a genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West.” In a land controlled by feudal barons, the series tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.

    AMC has ordered six, one-hour episodes, with an expected premiere in late 2015 or early 2016. The project was created by writers/show runners Al Gough and Miles Millar (Shanghai Noon, “Smallville”). They’ll serve as executive producers along with Oscar-Nominated producers Stacy Sher and Michael Shamberg (Pulp Fiction, Contagion) and master martial arts filmmakers Daniel Wu (Tai Chi Zero) and Stephen Fung.

    “I am thrilled to be directing ‘Badlands,’” Dobkin said, “Aside from the amazing group of people I get to work with – everyone at AMC, plus Stacy and Michael, and Al and Miles for the second time – it’s a brilliant, visionary project that finally gives the fan-boy in me something to dig my teeth into.”

    From AMC Studios, “Badlands” will be distributed internationally by Entertainment One Television (eOne).

    (Photo Credit: FayesVision.com / WENN.com)
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    I was wondering if this was headed this way...

    If you haven't read it yet, check out my interview with Daniel Wu in the last issue (NOV+DEC 2014).

    DEC 19
    AMC's 'Badlands' Casts Its Lead
    10:37 AM PST 12/19/2014 by Lesley Goldberg

    International star Daniel Wu will topline the martial arts drama


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    AMC's Badlands has cast its lead.

    International film star Daniel Wu — who was already attached to the drama as an exec producer — will topline the martial arts drama, AMC announced Friday.

    Badlands is described as a genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale Journey to the West. In a land controlled by feudal barons, Badlands tells the story of a ruthless, well-trained warrior named Sunny (Wu) and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.

    Read more AMC Orders Martial Arts Drama 'Badlands' Straight to Series

    Wu joins a cast that also includes Emily Beecham (28 Weeks Later, The Village), Sarah Bolger (The Tudors) and Oliver Stark (The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box).

    The drama was created by writer-showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville), who will exec produce alongside Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg (Pulp Fiction) and martial arts filmmakers Wu (Tai Chi Zero) and Stephen Fung. Entertainment One will handle international distribution. David Dobkin (Shanghai Knights) will be the series director.

    Wu has been featured in more than 60 films including City of Glass and The Heavenly Kings, the latter of which marked his directorial debut and earned him a best director Chinese Film Media Award.

    AMC has ordered six hourlong episodes of Badlands, with a premiere targeted for late 2015 or early 2016.

    Wu is repped by CAA.

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    Orla Brady

    Orla Brady Joins ‘Badlands'; Christina Jackson In ‘Outsiders’
    by The Deadline Team
    January 22, 2015 3:46pm



    Irish actress Orla Brady (Wallander) has landed a lead role in AMC’s direct-to-series martial arts drama Badlands, loosely based on the Chinese tale Journey To The West. In a land controlled by feudal barons, Badlands tells the story of a ruthless, well-trained warrior named Sunny (Daniel Wu) and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment. Brady, repped by Domain and Independent Talent Group, will play Lydia, Quinn’s first wife, the Baroness who runs her domain with an iron grip. Brady most recently starred in the detective series Jo for TFI. She also starred in the British television series Mistresses, that the ABC series is based on.

    Christina Jackson (Boardwalk Empire) has been cast in WGN America’s drama series Outsiders, a tale of struggle for power and control in the hills of Appalachia, from playwright Peter Mattei, producers Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti, Sony Pictures TV and Tribune Studios. It tells the story of the Farrell clan, a family of outsiders who’ve been in these parts since before anyone can remember. Living off the grid and above the law on their mountaintop homestead, they’ll protect their world and defend their way of life using any means necessary. Jackson will play Sally-Ann, whose fascination with the Farrell clan and Hail (Kyle Gallner) will have powerful consequences.
    So she's like Princess Iron Fan or what?
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    teaser trailer

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    Now it's 'Into The Badlands" not just "Badlands"

    I've changed the thread title accordingly.

    First Look: AMC's Into the Badlands brings martial arts back to TV
    by Shirley Li • @shirklesxp


    (James Dimmock/AMC)

    Posted June 11 2015 — 2:00 PM EDT

    For AMC’s post-Breaking Bad and Mad Men slate, the network’s tapping into a genre that’s been absent from the small screen for decades: martial arts. Into the Badlands, which the network ordered straight-to-series in 2014, will try to help the genre make a primetime comeback when it premieres in late 2015.

    The drama stars Hong Kong import Daniel Wu as Sunny, a warrior who travels across dangerous lands controlled by feudal barons in order to find enlightenment. If that sounds like a tall tale, it is—the series is loosely based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, which follows, in short, a monkey who travels in search of enlightenment and encounters a series of gods and other supernatural beings along the way.

    There won’t be monkeys in Into the Badlands, but showrunner Al Gough tells EW the show will focus on making the on-screen martial arts as authentic as possible. Gough, who co-created Into the Badlands with Miles Millar (the two previously helmed Smallville and made films like Shanghai Noon), talked to EW about why it’s time for martial arts to appear on TV again. Plus, here’s EW’s exclusive first look at Wu in full costume:


    Image Credit: James Dimmock/AMC

    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why did you want to do a martial arts show now?

    AL GOUGH: Miles and I had been kicking around the idea of doing a martial arts show on television for awhile. Miles and I have done, on the movies side, two movies with Jackie Chan and two movies with Jet Li, and so we felt this was something on television that wasn’t really beng explored. We wanted to pivot and do something new.

    Why use Journey to the West? That’s a huge work to base anything on, even loosely.

    Yeah, it was interesting. We thought further aspects of that story could be used as a template for the show. I think we owe as much to Hong Kong and Asian cinema, as well as Japanese samurai movies and things like Shogun Assassin and Lone Wolf and Cub. So there’s aspects of all of that. Our inspiration became a mashup of all these things we liked.

    In other words, it’s not just based on Journey to the West. When I read the premise of the show, I wondered if you were going to cast a monkey or something.

    No, no. [Laughs] I think really what our show is about is it’s a journey of enlightenment for Sunny, the lead character. That’s the whole arc. It’s his spiritual quest for enlightenment—and that’s what we took from it. We took the essence of that. The show is distilled from a lot of other influences that we’ve all loved.

    What can a martial arts drama on television bring that’s different from other action-heavy series, like superhero shows?

    What we really wanted to do was authentic martial arts. A lot of shows tend to do a version of authentic martial arts, and they execute it very well—but in Hong Kong, you see the people, you see the martial artists doing the moves. It’s like watching a dance. So what we have here is a full-time martial arts fight unit that Stephen Fung [an EP and Hong Kong actor] is directing. And that’s something that was very important to us, to get the right people to do it and that it’s authentic. I think when people see these fights, they haven’t seen them on television before. They’re not 35- or 40-second fights. They’re three-minute fights, and I gotta tell you, three minutes is a long time to do a martial arts fight.

    Daniel Wu isn’t a household name stateside, but he is in China. How did he get involved?

    Daniel was an executive producer on the show from the start, along with Stephen Fung, but Daniel auditioned for the role. He said, “I want to know I can get the role legitimately.” And I think he’s a fantastic actor who American audiences haven’t seen. He’s from San Francisco, moved to China, was discovered by Jackie Chan, and became a big star over there, but he hasn’t been exposed here. He’s a wu shu master, which is a form of martial arts, so his stunt work is amazing. And to be able to take somebody who’s a movie star in a foreign country and get him for American television, it’s just very exciting.

    With all of these unfamiliar parts—a foreign actor, a genre that hasn’t been on TV for a long while—what do you consider the biggest challenges to doing this show? Do you think audiences will bite?

    I think it has the challenges of any new show, but I think we have this wonderful tradition to pull from, an amazing cast led by Daniel, and it’s an original creation and we hope people embrace it. It’s fresh territory, there’s a huge fan base for martial arts films, it’s just an amazing part of cinema. It’s an open field, which is both incredibly exciting and king of daunting, but that’s how it should be.
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    Comic-Con poster

    AMC releases Comic-Con poster for martial arts drama Into the Badlands
    July 2, 2015 by Gary Collinson

    Ahead of its San Diego Comic-Con International panel next Saturday, July 11th, AMC has debuted a SDCC poster for Into the Badlands, its upcoming genre-bending martial arts series starring Daniel Wu (The Man with the Iron Fists)…



    Created by Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville), Emily Beecham (The Village), Sarah Bolger (In America) and Oliver Stark (My Hero). Loosely based on the Chinese tale Journey to the West, it tells the story of a warrior (Wu) who is joined by a young boy on a journey across a dangerous land in search of enlightenment.

    Into the Badlands is set to premiere later this year.
    Get ready for a flood of buzz for this forum from Comic-Con
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    The Comic-con trailer

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    Nov 15 on AMC

    July 31, 2015 4:34pm PT by Kate Stanhope
    'Into the Badlands' EPs Aim for "Artful" Martial Arts Series


    "These fights are like big dance numbers, and you see the dancers dancing," said co-showrunner Al Gough.

    There will be blood, and lots of it, on AMC's newest original series.

    This November, the cable network will premiere the new martial arts drama Into the Badlands from writer-showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville).

    Although there have been TV shows with action — and martial arts elements, specifically — before, the duo are hoping to break new ground with the series. "We've always sort of loved martial arts, and we looked around on television and there were no martial arts shows on television," Gough said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Friday.

    "Being on AMC, they elevated the zombie genre to something that was very artful, and that was our ambition for the show," said Millar.

    Read More Comic-Con: AMC's 'Into the Badlands' Debuts First Full Trailer, Stars Talk Martial-Arts Boot Camp

    A big part of that was bringing on experts in the field, such as martial arts filmmakers Stephen Fung, who serves as fight director and executive producer, and Daniel Wu (Tai Chi Zero), who executive producers and stars. "Everybody had a job to do," said Gough of the collaboration process.

    Wu plays Sunny, a warrior who begins to question his path after meeting a young man (Aramis Knight) with special skills. Marton Csokas and Emily Beecham also star.

    All of the actors in the series had to endure five weeks of training before production began. Additionally, the show had a large fight unit that filmed concurrently. "These fights are like big dance numbers and you see the dancers dancing," said Gough. "They have to be showstoppers."

    However, the entire team emphasized the important role the fights will play in the storytelling as well. The series is hoping to lure AMC viewers to a martial arts show as much as it will likely lure martial art film fans to the network. "We knew the action had to be kick ass but we also knew we had to have a really compelling story," said Wu.

    Added Fung: "All the action derives from the characters."

    The executive producers said one of the most difficult things was finding the balance between the drama and the action. "In film, you don’t have to think about the length of a fight sequence. Here you're dealing with the specific length of an episode of television," said Gough, who estimated there will be approximately five minutes of fighting in every episode."It was an interesting math formula to figure out."

    Into the Badlands premieres Nov. 15 at 10 p.m. on AMC.
    Hope I can watch this via Xfinity...they carry most AMC series.
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    Slightly OT

    Daniel is on FIRE!!!

    China Box Office: Daniel Wu’s ‘Mr Tumor’ Topples ‘Monster Hunt’


    Courtesy of Wanda Media
    August 17, 2015 | 07:36PM PT
    Patrick Frater
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    China finally produced a film to topple record breaker “Monster Hunt” from the top of the box office chart.

    “Go Away Mr Tumor,” a romantic comedy starring Bai Baihe and Daniel Wu, star of AMC’s upcoming TV series “Into The Badlands” earned a comfortable $29.7 million in four days, giving a total of $31.5 million including previews.

    “Monster Hunt” finally gave up its top position, but held on to second with a still strong $25.8 million and the second best per screen averages among the top ten. It has scored $356 million after 32 days, the second highest film of all time in China (behind “Furious 7”) and far ahead of “Lost in Thailand,” the number two Chinese movie.

    Third place went to sports drama “To The Fore,” which climbed up from fourth, but saw its weekly gross eroded. It earned $8.86 million to claim $20.6 million after 11 days.

    China’s top animation of all time “Monkey King: Hero Is Back” switched places with “To The Fore” and slipped to fourth. It earned $7.64 million in its sixth week, to deliver a cumulative score of $145 million after 38 days.

    Fifth was “Pancake Man” which dropped from second, earning $6.38 million to push its total to $184 million after 31 days.

    Children’s animation, “Roco Kingdom 4” entered the chart in sixth with $5.68 million in 4 days. It was followed by another newcomer “Detective Gui” a romance, suspense drama with Wang Luodan and Simon Yam among the cast.

    Comedy animation “Mr Black: Green Star” held an unchanged eighth place with a weekly gross of $3.07 million, for a cumulative score of $9.29 million after 10 days.

    “Kwai Boo,” yet another animated comedy, filled ninth spot, down from sixth. It earned $2.99 million to lift its 11 day cumulative total to $9.1 million.

    Bringing up tenth spot was Ringo Lam’s “Wild City,” which fell from fifth. It earned $1.84 million, for a total of $23.7 million after 18 days.
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    AMC launching KUNG FU FRIDAYS!

    This is great. Go AMC!
    AMC schedules 'Kung Fu Fridays' to set the stage for NOLA-shot 'Into the Badlands'


    Daniel Wu in 'Into the Badlands.'
    Dave Walker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    on September 16, 2015 at 1:00 AM

    AMC will set the stage for the Nov. 15 premiere of the New Orleans-shot drama "Into the Badlands" by airing a series of middle-of-the-night martial-arts film classics, the network announced Tuesday (Sept. 15). The series starts this week -- at 12:06 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 19) New Orleans time -- with "Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen."

    The six episodes of "Into the Badlands" star Daniel Wu and Aramis Knight, whose characters -- Sunny and M.K., respectively -- "embark on a spiritual journey across a dangerous land controlled by feudal barons," blurbs AMC. Creators and executive producers are Alfred Gough and Miles Millar ("Shanghai Noon," "Smallville"). Watch a video preview below.

    The series is inspired by "Journey to the West," a classic of Chinese literature, and is set in "a world dominated by barons, ruling over a feudal system organized around the control of precious resources," said Joel Stillerman, president of programming for AMC, at the Summer TV Tour in Hollywood.

    Millar further described the world, in which motorcycles are the most complicated technology widely available to the characters.

    "When you create an original world, the details matter," he said. "So for us, we spent a lot of time talking about this world and its original creation. So in terms of the tech, the idea is that complex technology doesn't exist. There are no circuits or computers. Things like cars pre-1970's would exist, simple machines would exist, electricity would exist in a very simplified form.

    "The society of the Badlands is based on feudal Japanese societies, so it's the barons, the shoguns, the clippers (or soldiers), and they're like the shoguns, the Samurais. And then we have the nomads, who are equivalent to the Ronin of Japanese society.

    "So it's all the details, in terms of the world, (which you) need to feel consistent and real and have an authenticity to them, so when you see the world, you can instantly get into it and buy it."

    Other September installments of the "Kung Fu Fridays" series, with AMC's capsule descriptions:

    "Dragons Forever," 2:36 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 19) -- "Starring Jackie Chan and Sammo Kam-Bo Hung. Three successful Hong Kong lawyers are hired by a chemical company of questionable ethics and must eventually make a difficult decision when their employer's motives become clear."

    "The Man From Nowhere," 12:04 a.m. Sept. 26 -- "Starring Bin Won and Sae-ron Kim. A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug- and organ- trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend."

    "Let The Bullets Fly," 2:32 a.m. Sept. 26 -- "Starring Yun-Fat Chow and Wen Jiang. The film is set in 1920s China where a bandit arrives in a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, where he faces off against a tyrannical local nobleman."

    Got a TV question? Contact Dave Walker at dwalker@nola.com or 504.826.3429. Read more TV coverage at NOLA.com/tv. He's @DaveWalkerTV on Twitter, and Dave Walker TV on Facebook.
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    Here comes the media blitz

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    Daniel Wu's martial arts TV series premieres in Nov. on AMC
    Associated Press
    12:00 PM, Sep 15, 2015
    18 mins ago


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    RICHARD SHOTWELL
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Hong Kong movie star Daniel Wu is bringing martial arts back to TV in the U.S. with his upcoming series "Into the Badlands," premiering Nov. 19 on AMC.

    Wu, who stars on the show and is also an executive producer, shared his backstory with a panel of TV critics Friday.

    Born in California, Wu fell into acting while on a post-college trip to Hong Kong. He was discovered in a bar for a TV commercial, which quickly led to his film career. He's gone on to make more than 60 movies.

    The six-episode first season of "Badlands" is based on the Chinese novel "Journey to the West."

    Wu plays a skilled warrior named Sunny who teams up with a young boy named M.K. (Aramis Knight) on a search for enlightenment in a dangerous land. Sunny teaches M.K. martial arts and he becomes an unrivaled fighter.

    Each episode is to have at least five minutes of fight scenes, but Wu says both the story and martial arts are equally important.

    "I knew the action had to be kick-ass but also knew we really needed a compelling story," he said.

    The actor is excited to expand his career to America but says he is grateful to Hong Kong for making him a star.

    "Everything I have now is because of what the Hong Kong (film) industry gave me," he said.

    ___

    Online:

    http://www.amc.com/shows/into-the-badlands
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