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AMC nabs rights to new android-based sci-fi drama ‘Humans’

AMC is nearing the conclusion of a deal that would allow it to acquire domestic rights to the upcoming sci-fi drama Humans, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The deal would see AMC take over in place of the now-shuttered Xbox Entertainment Studios for co-production of the series.

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Humans, an English-language adaptation of Matador Films’ and Sveriges Television’s series Real Humans, originated in an eight-episode co-production deal with U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 back in April. The adapted series was initially set to premiere in 2015 across the Xbox platform in North America, and Channel 4 in the U.K., but AMC swooped it up two months after Microsoft’s decision to shut down its original programming studio (Microsoft has since announced that it is on the lookout for a potential buyer for Xbox Entertainment Studios).

The show is reportedly set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a “synth” – a highly developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. The storyline centers around one suburban family who purchases a refurbished version of one of the androids, which leads to far-reaching and chilling consequences, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s coverage.

U.K. indie production company Kudos is set to produce the upcoming series, with Spooks alums Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley enlisted to write. Casting is reportedly already underway, though no official premiere date has been set.