AMC Orders Chris Mundy and Tom Freston’s Afghanistan-Set Drama Pilot

AMC has ordered the pilot of the Afghanistan-set geopolitical drama “White City,” Variety has learned.

The project, which will concentrate on Western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan, focuses on a lead character named Jon Liston, a war junkie who makes a fatal error and tragically overreaches in an attempt to talk with insurgent leaders. He must then struggle with his guilt, as well as frustration and doubts about whether there is good left for him — or any Westerner — to do in Afghanistan, as he decides if he should find a new role in Kabul.

The project is co-written and co-exec produced by novelist-journalist Nick McDonell and former Richard C. Holbrooke advisor John Dempsey. Executive producers are Chris Mundy (“Low Winter Sun,” “Criminal Minds”) and Tom Freston, the former CEO of Viacom and a former resident of Afghanistan. He is currently an advisor to VICE and MOBY Group, an Afghan media corporation. “White City” is an AMC Studios production.

“This is a story born from a creative team in Chris, John, Nick and Tom that has both an incredibly deep understanding of one of the most misunderstood regions of the world, and a fantastic sense of how to tell a compelling story about the lives of people who are drawn to the world’s hot spots,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s executive vice president of original programming, production and digital content. “It’s not a war story, it’s a character story that will tackle some of the most complicated issues of our time.”

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