AMC has given a straight-to-series order to martial arts drama Badlands, the network announced Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
Loosely based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, Badlands is a "genre-bending" series about a great warrior and a young boy "who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment."
The project has an order for six one-hour episodes and was created by Smallville's Al Gough and Miles Millar. They will executive-produce with Stacy Sher, Michael Shamberg, Daniel Wu, and Stephen Fung.
Badlands is expected to premiere in late 2015 or early 2016. The series joins The Walking Dead and the upcoming Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul as AMC’s only straight-to-series orders.