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Oblivion Director And Pacific Rim Writer Create Sci-Fi Crime Drama For AMC

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Joseph KosinskiJoseph Kosinski’s Oblivion opens in theaters tomorrow, but it turns out the director has a project heading for the small screen as well. Kosinski has teamed with Pacific Rim writer Travis Beacham to develop audiences a new sci-fi series for AMC.

Deadline reports that AMC will be taking on the science fiction genre with a new series titled Ballistic City. The series will take place in a large “city” within a traveling spaceship, on its way to an unknown destination. The show will follow a former cop who falls into the underground world of organized crime. Ballistic City is described as a cross between Battlestar Galactica, Blade Runner, and Roman Polanski’s Chinatown.

AMC has the market cornered with high quality cable dramas including Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and to a lesser extent The Walking Dead. Ballistic City would be AMC’s first venture into hard science fiction from two up-and-coming genre favorites. As you’d expect, Kosinski will direct the pilot episode from Beacham’s script. Both Kosinski and Beacham will serve as the show’s executive producers.

Joseph Kosinski made his directorial debut with Tron: Legacy in 2010, and follows it up this week with upcoming Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise. Travis Beacham made his screenwriting debut with the film Dog Days of Summer in 2007. He was also the original writer on the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans for director Louis Leterrier [His original script was quite a bit better than the finished film. – Ed.] His upcoming film, Pacific Rim, will hit theaters on July 12th.

There is no word yet when Ballistic City will premiere on AMC.