AMC orders 12 episodes of ‘Rubicon’

Political thriller stars Miranda Richardson

AMC has given a 12-episode greenlight to “Rubicon,” a serialized political thriller from Warner Horizon TV starring James Badge Dale and Miranda Richardson.

Series is created and exec produced by Jason Horwitch, who will serve as showrunner. “Sopranos” and “Six Feet Under” alum Allen Coulter helmed the pilot.

“The pilot is beautifully done and we are very, very excited to move forward with the series,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s senior veep of programming and production.

Series revolves around an analyst at a think tank, played by Dale, whose work leads him to uncover a clue that points him toward an unfolding global conspiracy. Project was inspired by the edgy feel of such 1970s conspiracy theory features as “The Parallax View” and “Three Days of the Condor.”

“It’s a major challenge to find the right balance to take that into a serialized drama format, where you have to pose more questions than are answered but do it in a way that is still satisfying to the audience,” Stillerman said. “Jason and Allen did a phenomenal job on the pilot, and the cast is first class.”

“Rubicon” pilot was shot earlier this year in Gotham. It’s expected that production will remain in Gotham. AMC is targeting a 2010 preem date for the series, which will join “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” on the cabler’s roster of original drama skeins.

“Rubicon” cast includes Lili Taylor, Dallas Roberts and Peter Gerety. Dale’s credits include “The Departed” and NBC’s “The Black Donnellys.”

Horwitch’s past credits include creating and exec producing the NBC drama “Medical Investigation.”

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