AMC has greenlit National Anthem, an eight-episode musical drama anthology series created by writer/director Scott Z. Burns (“The Report,” “Contagion”) and executive produced by Mark Johnson (“Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul”). “National Anthem” is described as a tragically funny story of a middle class midwestern family tumbling down the ladder of American society; periodically bursting into song as they struggle to catch themselves.
Musician T Bone Burnett (“Crazy Heart,” “The Hunger Games”) is attached as the series’ music producer with words and music by Craig Finn (“The Hold Steady”).
“National Anthem is a family drama with deep resonant things to say about the fragility of our country, our world and our planet. Plus… it’s a musical! In Scott’s genius hands this results in a hugely original, intense, funny and moving piece of writing,” said Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks’ Entertainment Group and AMC Studios. “We’re so happy to work with Scott as he brings this unique story to life and absolutely delighted to continue our creative partnership with Mark, who we have been so lucky to work with on some of the most critically acclaimed series over the last decade.”
The series is expected to debut later this year or in 2021.