AMC’s Shudder Acquires French Sci-Fi Series ‘Missions,’ Co-Produces Season 2

AMC’s premium streaming service Shudder has acquired first-window rights to Julien Lacombe’s critically acclaimed French science-fiction series “Missions” for the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Ireland. Shudder will kick off Season 1 of “Missions” on Sept. 28, and has also come on board to co-produce the second season with Paris-based outfit production Empreinte Digitale.

Created by Lacombe, Henri Debeurme, and Ami Cohen for French pay-TV group Orange Cinema Series, “Missions” is set in an alternate present and follows a group of explorers on their epic journey back from Mars. The series weaves in contemporary themes such as trans-humanism, artificial intelligence and environmental issues.

“‘Missions’ is a fantastic addition to Shudder’s eclectic and ever-expanding slate of exclusive genre series. It is inventive, fresh and binge-viewing at its best,” said Aurelie de Troyer, Shudder’s VP of global acquisitions and co-productions.

“Missions,” which is being sold by AB International Distribution, previously won a prize at MipTV’s MIP Drama Screenings and later won The Discovery Prize at Series Mania.

Debeurme, who co-wrote and produced “Missions,” said that creating, “in France, an original sci-fi and adventure series paying tribute to great movies on the conquest of space was a childhood dream.”

Commenting on the deal with Shudder, Raphael Rocher, producer and founder of Empreinte Digitale, said: “‘Missions’ marks an important milestone for our company.”

“The good feedback from the press and the public and now this sale supports our desire to produce high-quality French series,” Rocher said.

“Missions” started airing on Orange Cinema Series (OCS) in June and achieved a record-breaking start for an OCS-commissioned series. Season 2, currently at script stage, will start shooting in early 2018.

Empreinte Digitale has delivered a flurry of well-reviewed series over the last few years, notably Samuel Bodin’s “Lazy Company” or Vianney Lebasque’s “Grown Ups.”

Lacombe’s credits include “Behind the Walls,” France’s first feature film in stereo 3D.

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