AMC Greenlights Pilot for New Political Drama White City Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.25.2014
Set in Afghanistan...
AMC has announced that they have greenlit a pilot for a new geopolitical drama focused on Western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan. The show is titled White City and comes from co-writers and co-executive producers Nick McDonnell and John Dempsey. McDonnell is a novelist and journalist who has covered Iraq and Afghanistan for TIME, while Dempsey is a former long-time resident of Kabul and senior adviser on Afghanistan to the late US diplomat, Richard C. Holbrooke.
The show is an adventure story set in the somewhat surreal ex-pat world of near-present Afghanistan, one of the most discussed and least understood places on earth. The show focuses on Jon Liston, a war junkie who has spent the better part of the last decade in Kabul with a front-row seat to the carnage. In the pilot, against the advice of everyone from American embassy staffers to tweeting tribal leaders to the French journalist he's in a relationship with, Jon tragically overreaches in an attempt to talk with insurgent leaders. In the series, Jon must find a new role in Kabul as he attempts to address his guilt, frustration and doubts about whether there is good left for him or any Westerner to do in Afghanistan.
AMC EVP of original programming, production and digital content Joel Stillerman said, "This is a story born from a creative team in Chris, John, Nick and Tom that has both an incredibly deep understanding of one of the most misunderstood regions of the world, and a fantastic sense of how to tell a compelling story about the lives of people who are drawn to the world's hot spots. It's not a war story, it's a character story that will tackle some of the most complicated issues of our time."