After a long break spent out of the spotlight, X-Files creator Chris Carter is back in business in a major way. His apocalyptic Amazon pilot The After got picked up for a full season — whether it deserved to be or not — and now comes word that he’s got a second television project in the works. It’s right in his conspiratorial, alien-cluttered wheelhouse, however: he’s developing a series for AMC that will focus on the notoriously secretive Area 51 military base.
The Verge reports that Carter’s Area 51 series will be based on Annie Jacobsen’s book, Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base. Aside from confirming that the show is indeed in development, AMC wasn’t willing to reveal any of its secrets just yet. All they would say is that it’s “a contemporary conspiracy thriller revealing the true story behind the infamous Area 51, America’s most mysterious military installation.” Let’s just hope that the show’s mythology proves to less byzantine than the X-Files became over the years. I’ve had my fill of being deceived, inveigled, and obfuscated.