AMC Brings Armageddon To Red MarsWhile real scientists prepare to listen to the sounds of Mars, AMC is getting ready to let us watch the Red Planet as well... or at least, a fictionalized future version of it, courtesy of a new television version of Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars.The adaptation of Robinson's 1992 novel is coming from an unlikely source: Jonathan Hensleigh, the writer of Bruce Willis astronaut disaster movie, Armageddon. Hensleigh, whose other credits include Die Hard With A Vengence and 2004's The Punisher, will be the writer and executive producer of the series which AMC's VP of original programming Jeremy Elice calls more character-driven than you may be expecting: "It's not the spectacle of sci-fi that you typically see." Not that there won't be any spectacle, as Christina Wayne, senior VP of original series and miniseries at the cable channel explains:
This fits in with our bigger vision of wanting series that feel like cinematic one-hour movies... We're always looking for big genres but to do them in slightly different ways so they feel fresh and new.
The series is just one of a number currently in preparation at AMC for a 2009 start, including a series based on Glen David Gold's Carter Beats The Devil. AMC plans Mars mission [Hollywood Reporter]