AMC Has Greenlit a Kung Fu TV Show Called Badlands

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A kung fu TV show on “AMC”? Hell, why not. They could fight zombies, too.

Minus the zombies, that’s apparently what former “Smallville” producers Al Gough and Miles Millar are bringing to American TV, along with Hong Kong mainstays Daniel Wu and Stephen Fung.

Wu is a long-time Hong Kong actor who has broadened his career to Western work with “The Man with the Iron Fists” and “Europa Report,” and Fung is an actor turned director, recently responsible for the “Tai Chi Zero” trilogy of kung fu films. The duo is teaming up with Gough and Millar for “Badlands” (the show’s current working title), which has already been given a first season, 6-episode greenlight by cable net AMC, home of “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad.”

“Badlands” is a genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West.” In a land controlled by feudal barons, “Badlands” tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.

So, will there be flying kung fu monkey people, too? Probably not. Wouldn’t it be fun if one did pop up, though? That would totally freak out American TV watchers.

No cast has been announced for “Badlands” yet, but there is plenty of time. The show isn’t expected to premiere until late 2015 or early 2016, so the fact that it’s already gotten a greenlight is surprising.

Here’s a look at Fung’s “Tai Chi Hero,” which also co-starred Wu: