The AMC network has put in an order to develop a TV series adaptation of the graphic novel, Farmhand, based on Rob Guillory’s comic of the same name from Image Comics. Similar in premise to the original work, AMC’s Farmhand will follow a Southern farmer named Jedidiah Jenkins, who grows organic transplants through his genetically enhanced plants on his family-owned farm.
Image Comics’ website further expands on the series’ synopsis:
Jedidiah Jenkins is a farmer-but his cash crop isn’t corn or soy. Jed grows fast-healing, plug-and-play human organs. Lose a finger? Need a new liver? He’s got you covered. Unfortunately, strange produce isn’t the only thing Jed’s got buried. Deep in the soil of the Jenkins Family Farm, something dark has taken root, and it’s beginning to bloom. From ROB GUILLORY, Eisner-winning co-creator and artist of Image Comics’ CHEW, comes a new dark comedy about science gone sinister and agriculture gone apocalyptic. Nature is a Mother.
Into the Badlands executive producer, LaToya Morgan, will oversee the series’ development in partnership with the network and their newly announced Scripted Inclusion Initiative, which aims to bring a bigger variety of diverse voices to AMC’s writer’s rooms.
“The question of who gets to tell stories in television is a critical one, and a key thing I’m focused on is inclusivity, finding diverse writers, creators and talent on both sides of the camera so that we can better reflect the lives and experiences of our audiences,” AMC’s entertainment group Sarah Barnett mentioned in a statement. “These projects both have incredible promise: They come from smart writers and have a totally original point of view.”
The network’s other upcoming nascent series is: Of Two Minds from producer Morgan Dover-Pearl. A dark comedy that is set to follow a woman, who after suffering a traumatic brain injury that causes her left and right brains to cease all communication, learns to overcome her unique disability as she attempts to figure out the ins and outs of her new life despite two parts of her brain working against each other.
“What has always been important to me as a creator is not just the kinds of stories that get told, but who gets the opportunity to be storytellers,” Dover-Pearl further added. “With this initiative I wanted more writers of color and women to have seats at the creative table and AMC has been a great champion. These projects by Morgan and Rob, as well as a few others we are developing, are as unique, moving, and powerful as the voices behind them.”