Clone Club, it’s time to celebrate!
AMC Networks has officially greenlit Orphan Black: Echoes, set in the same universe as the Tatiana Maslany-led series (2013-2017). The 10-episode first season will be released on AMC+ and the company’s linear networks in 2023.
This new Orphan Black series is “set in the near future,” according to the logline, and “takes a deep dive into the exploration of the scientific manipulation of human existence. It follows a group of women as they weave their way into each other’s lives and embark on a thrilling journey, unravelling the mystery of their identity and uncovering a wrenching story of love and betrayal.” The original series followed Maslany’s Sarah as she discovered she was a clone and met her sisters.
“Orphan Black had a remarkable run on BBC America, attracting millions of dedicated and highly engaged fans, captivated by a smart and engrossing story and a star-making and Emmy-winning performance by Tatiana Maslany,” Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks, said in a statement. “We can’t wait to dive back in with Anna, John and our partners at Boat Rocker and deliver an all-new version of this rich world that is worthy of the #CloneClub.”
Orphan Black: Echoes will be produced and distributed globally by the same company as the original series, Boat Rocker. Anna Fishko is creator, writer, showrunner and executive producer with John Fawcett, the co-creator of the original series who also directed 17 of its episodes, on as director and executive producer. David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, executive producers from Boat Rocker on the original Orphan Black series, return as executive producers on the new series. Katie O’Connell Marsh, Nick Nantell, and Kerry Appleyard will also executive produce for Boat Rocker.
Orphan Black: Echoes, a new series set in the world of #OrphanBlack, will premiere in 2023 on @AMCPlus. pic.twitter.com/GiUughS9cb
— Orphan Black (@OrphanBlack) April 6, 2022
“We started our journey down the Orphan Black rabbit hole when Sarah Manning watched Beth Childs inexplicably jump in front of an oncoming train. Since then, a passionate fandom has joined us for a wildly entertaining ride,” added David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, Co-Executive Chairmen, Boat Rocker Media and Co-Chairmen, Boat Rocker Studios, and executive producers of both the original and new series. “We’re delighted to be partnering with AMC and Anna Fishko and joining forces again with John Fawcett, to boldly reenter the Orphan Black universe. Once again, we welcome Clone Club along for the ride and look forward to adventuresome new fans taking the leap. Strap yourselves in and hold on!”
Said Fishko, “I am thrilled to begin this new chapter in the world of Orphan Black. Creating a story that embraces the legacy of the original show has been so gratifying, and I’m excited for audiences to embark on a new journey that explores the big questions of what makes us who we are. I’m incredibly lucky to have such supportive partners in Boat Rocker, John Fawcett and AMC, and can’t wait to introduce audiences old and new to the next installment of this beloved story.”
Added Fawcett, “Embarking on a new saga of Orphan Black with Anna, our partners at Boat Rocker, and AMC could not be more exciting. For all our dedicated OB fans out there, I am thrilled that we can bring this new chapter to them. Without our fans, this new show certainly wouldn’t exist and for that I am deeply grateful. I can’t wait to ‘follow the crazy science’ for them!”
Orphan Black: Echoes, Series Premiere, 2023, AMC Networks & AMC+