AMC is doing its best to live up to its log line: “Story matters here”. Each new show they green light seems more layered with drama than its predecessor. Living up to this mandate in the eyes of its rabidly passionate audience is a tall order. With Low Winter Sun, it looks like they might just succeed in giving us another juicy story steak to sink our teeth into.
The new series, led by two American-talking Brits Mark Strong and Lennie James, focuses on the delicate balance between the cops and criminals of Detroit: how sometimes, they can be the same thing. Chris Mundy (Criminal Minds, Cold Case) will serve as EP and showrunner.
AMC’s EVP of original programming had this to say about the project…
“Chris Mundy has produced a beautiful pilot with an incredible cast led by the insanely talented Mark Strong. We’re thrilled to be moving forward with this compelling and intense new drama and look forward to returning to Detroit for production on the first season.”
Honestly, it feels like a very honourable cross between The Sopranos and The Wire. If they come even close to those shows in quality of story and thrill, then AMC will have succeeded in keeping up with its own pedigree of programming.
Check out the trailer below, followed by some details about the show’s background and story from the network.
A contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred, Low Winter Sun begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective. Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter the detective’s life, and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld. The series is based on the 2006 award-winning British two-part mini-series of the same name written by Simon Donald and produced by Tiger Aspect Productions (an Endemol Company). In addition to Mundy, Jeremy Gold, head of creative affairs for Endemol Studios, oversees the project with Greg Brenman, head of drama for Tiger Aspect. The project is represented by CAA.