Cable network AMC is reportedly about to acquire domestic rights to the Xbox drama series Humans. The program is an English language adaptation of the Swedish series Real Humans, from Sveriges Television and Matador Film. This version is being produced by U.K. indie banner Kudos. It is written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley.
AMC has been struggling to win over audiences and critics with its new slate of original scripted programming, the reception for which pales in comparison to hits like The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. So, it makes sense the network would step in for Xbox, which previously had a commitment to air eight episodes of the show.
In an imaginative present-day parallel universe, Humans chronicles the disastrous consequences suffered by a suburban family when they purchase a highly developed robotic servant that appears convincingly human. It may be just what AMC needs at the moment. The show is cutting-edge, and the original series proved popular overseas, making it a relatively safe bet—if there is such a thing in television.
The future of this TV drama, along with Steven Spielberg’s Halo, has been uncertain since Microsoft decided to shutter Xbox Entertainment Studios a couple of months ago. Following the hype surrounding these scripted productions, many fans were disappointed by the shakeup. But both projects are likely to find homes, and reports suggest that Xbox has been negotiating to sell its entertainment studio to Warner Bros.