AMC will cross 'Rubicon' with new series


AMC has given the go-ahead for a conspiracy thriller called "Rubicon," bringing the number of original dramas on the cable channel to three.

"Rubicon," which has been in development for more than a year, comes from writer Jason Horwitch ("Medical Investigation," FX's "Pentagon Papers" movie) and features a cast that includes James Badge Dale, Miranda Richardson and Lili Taylor. AMC hasn't set a premiere date yet, but it's likely to hit the air sometime in 2010.

The series stars Dale ("24," HBO's "The Pacific") as an analyst at a think tank whose work starts pointing to a global conspiracy. AMC greenlit the pilot last summer but then spent considerable time working out the show's story line before shooting a pilot earlier this year.

"Jason's understanding of the conspiracy thriller genre is evident in a plot reminiscent of some great films like 'Three Days of the Condor' and 'The Parallax View,'" says Joel Stillerman, head of original programming at AMC. "We're thrilled to have a world-class cast, director and production team to bring this series to life."

"Sopranos" veteran Allen Coulter directed the pilot. The cast also includes Jessica Collins ("The Nine"), Dallas Roberts ("The L Word," "3:10 to Yuma"), Lauren Hodges ( "In Treatment"), Christopher Evan Welch ( Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Paul Butler ("Reign Over Me") and Arliss Howard ("Natural Born Killers").

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