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AMC Orders Pilots for Dramas ‘Galyntine’ and ‘Knifeman’

Projects to shoot next year for 2015 premiere consideration

AMC has lined up two series prospects for 2015 — one that looks to a bleak future, the other revisiting a bloody past — with pilot orders for dramas “Galyntine” and “Knifeman.”

Both projects hail from AMC Studios. “Galyntine” stems from Scott Free’s first-look pact with the cabler. Media Rights Capital is involved with “Knifeman.”

“Galyntine,” written by drama vet Jason Cahill, is set in a post-apocalyptic world where small bands of survivors are forced to adapt without access to any forms of technology.

Cahill is exec producing with “Walking Dead’s” Greg Nicotero, Scott and Scott Free’s David Zucker.

Set in 18th century London, “Knifeman” follows a hard-living renegade surgeon who harvests dead bodies for extra cash from the local medical teaching hospital. Rolin Jones (“Friday Night Lights”) wrote the pilot and developed it with Ron Fitzgerald (“TheLast Resort”). The pair exec produce with Josh Donnen, Robert Zotnowski and Media Rights Capital.

Project is inspired by the biography The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching and the Birth of Modern Surgery” by Wendy Moore.

Production on “Galyntine” and “Knifeman” will begin next year for possible 2015 premiere. AMC has two new dramas series tap for next year, “Halt and Catch Fire” and “Turn,” as well as the first half of “Mad Men’s” final season and new editions of “Walking Dead” and “Hell on Wheels.”

AMC has stayed mum on the fate of this year’s frosh drama, “Low Winter Sun,” but the expectation is that the show will not be renewed.

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