AMC has greenlit National Anthem, a musical dramedy anthology series from Scott Z. Burns (The Report, Contagion).
The eight-part series tells the tragically funny story of a middle-class Midwestern family that tumbles down the ladder of American society, occasionally bursting into song as they struggle to catch themselves. Executive produced by Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), National Anthem has T Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart, The Hunger Games) on board as music producer, with words and music by Craig Finn (The Hold Steady).
The musical dramedy is the first series greenlit under Johnson’s multiyear overall deal with AMC Studios, through which he will continue to develop new series for the company’s Entertainment Group as well as projects for potential sale to other content companies.
Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks’ Entertainment Group and AMC Studios, said: “National Anthem is a family drama with deep resonant things to say about the fragility of our country, our world and our planet. Plus… it’s a musical! In Scott’s genius hands this results in a hugely original, intense, funny and moving piece of writing. We’re so happy to work with Scott as he brings this unique story to life and absolutely delighted to continue our creative partnership with Mark, who we have been so lucky to work with on some of the most critically acclaimed series over the last decade.”
Burns said: “Craig, T Bone and I are thrilled to be working with Mark and AMC. We are so grateful for the chance to write about this moment in time and surround our characters with songs. Sarah and Susie and everyone at AMC should be celebrated for their vision in saying ‘yes’ to this.”
Johnson added: “I still can’t believe that AMC and I have been able to assemble this dream team of storytellers. We are poised to create something both singular and entertaining, told with moments, dialogue and song.”