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Chris Carter Is Making An Area 51 Show For AMC

CarterAfter 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.

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The Air Force Is Test Flying Secret Stealth Drones Over Area 51

area 51You’ve got to love the story arc that drones have taken in their relatively short lifespan. First met with skeptical minds, they’ve since become openly embraced and flaunted by all walks of life, from the professionals to the amateurs. Alas, they’ve become so prevalent that U.S. military is totally making super-secret unmanned stealth drones, and they’ve already been test flying them. What’s more, they’re doing it in the airspace above Groom Lake, better known as Area 51. Now, we’re normally on the skeptical side of the conspiracy coin here at Giant Freakin’ Robot, but we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to find out that they’re “unmanned” drones because they’re being controlled by aliens.

Just kidding! We know they’re probably piloted by Amelia Earhart’s ghost.

On the real, guys, the Air Force has partnered with defense and aerospace contractor Northrop Grumman in developing the RQ-180, which is meant to take over once an older model of the RQ line is retired next year, along with the plane used in the mission in which Osama Bin Laden was killed. While the plane’s size hasn’t been confirmed, aerial photographs show that new hangars at both Area 51 and at Northrop’s plant in Palmdale, California have been built to accommodate aircraft with a 130-foot-plus wingspan. Oh, and there’s also a good chance this new stealthy model will be jointly controlled by the Air Force and the CIA.

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Oren Peli’s Found-Footage Sci-Fi/Horror Flick Area 51 Finally Gets An Update

Area51When the tag team of micro-budget producer Jason Blum and director Oren Peli unleashed the found-footage ghost flick Paranormal Activity, I don’t think anybody expected the world to go so ridiculously crazy over a movie that barely contained performances, action, or actual scares. But that film definitely had an atmosphere that allowed for almost anything to happen. (Even though nothing did.) Following that film’s success, Peli got involved with a similar film of the found-footage variety, called Area 51. And then…nothing. He wrote the screenplay for the boring thriller Chernobyl Diaries, and produced Insidious and sequels to that and the Paranormal movies. But what of Area 51? Well according to Blum, it’s been complete for a while now. So was the film so indubitably terrible that he decided to just shelve it forever? Not even close.

Speaking with the website We Got This Covered, Blum lets everybody know that the film isn’t just an urban legend. “It exists!” he says. “We made it! We’re futzing with the movie in post-production.” Makes sense, considering, even with a small budget, a film about aliens is bound to have some CGI elements involved. But since he doesn’t say when Area 51 actually wrapped filming, it’s unclear exactly how long a process this has been.

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Area 51 Exists, Conspiracy Theorists Everywhere Rejoice

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JFK was not killed by a lone gunman. Gas and oil companies killed the electric car. The government is controlling us via HAARP’s radio waves. 9/11 was an inside job.

Conspiracy theories are pretty fun, so long as everyone takes them with a grain of salt, or better yet, as pure entertainment. But conspiracy theorists around the world are high-fiving each other and yelling “I told you so!” with the recent confirmation that Area 51 does indeed exist. Not that Google Earth couldn’t have told us that, but at least now the government acknowledges it.

A 1992 report documenting the history of U-2 spy planes has just been declassified thanks to the Freedom of Information Act invoked in 2005 by National Security Archive senior fellow Jeffrey Richelson, and affirms the location of Area 51, as well as its use as a government facility.

While the confirmed existence of the site may trigger some to buy into everyone of the theories surrounding the once-secret location, according to the report, the UFOs alleged to be associated with the facility were really U-2 planes flying at altitudes of roughly 60,000 feet. Back in the 1950s, commercial planes typically flew between 10,000-20,000 feet, while it was more common for military aircraft to fly no higher than 40,000. Thus, people didn’t expect, or even think it was possible for aircraft to fly at 60,000 feet, which, along with the difficulty in discerning objects flying so high, led to the assumption that they were extraterrestrial in origin. The report asserts that while this enabled investigators to rule out most of the UFO sightings, they were forced to bite their tongues with regards to the real cause. The report does not acknowledge the existence of aliens.

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British Filmmakers Break Into Area 51, Held At Gunpoint

Here is a sentence that you never want to hear: “Son, we could make you disappear and your body will never be found.”

That’s reportedly what a BBC film crew heard while they were detained after breaching the perimeter at Nevada’s infamous Area 51.

This ominous quip was followed by the less oblique, but equally terrifying, “If any of you had kept going, we would have shot you.”

The gate of Area 51

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AMC Gets In On The Sci-Fi Act With Area 51

AMC already has zombies, unscrupulous 1960s advertising executives, a high school teacher turned meth kingpin, and rain-dampened Seattle cops (okay, less of that since The Killing just got the ax). Now it appears that the network (remember when they used to show classic movies?) will take a stab at science fiction, and is developing Area 51, based on the bestseller by Annie Jacobsen.

Ominous warning sign outside of Area 51

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