AMC greenlights ‘Lodge 49,’ drama produced by Paul Giamatti

"Lodge 49" producer Paul Giamatti attends the premiere of "Straight Outta Compton" in Los Angeles on August 10, 2015. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI

NEW YORK, Oct. 8 (UPI) — AMC says it has green-lit “Lodge 49,” a drama it describes as a “modern fable set in Long Beach.”

It is being produced by Peter Ocko, Jim Gavin, Paul Giamatti and Dan Carey for AMC Studios.

Gavin wrote and created the 10-part series and Ocko also serves as show-runner.

No casting has been announced yet.

“‘Lodge 49’ is a show that defies easy categorization. It is, at once, a show about a lovable loser, the idea that life can be magical if you look at it from the right angle, what it means to be on the fringe, and the importance of community. It’s also incredibly funny, poignant and truly entertaining,” Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, said in a statement.

“This is a formidable creative team beginning with series creator Jim Gavin, show-runner Peter Ocko, and the awesome producing team of Dan Carey and Paul Giamatti. Their passion and vision won the day, and we look forward to working with them to bring it to life.”

“Jim Gavin is a unique American storyteller and I’m thrilled that we have the opportunity to bring his honest, hilarious, and often insane vision to life,” added Ocko.

“We are beyond excited to be doing this unique show under the auspices of the fine folks at AMC,” Giamatti remarked.

“The series is centered on Dud, a deadbeat but charming ex-surfer who joins a fraternal order hoping to reclaim the simple, happy lifestyle he lost when his father died,” a synopsis explains. “Through the lodge and his newfound connection with the other members, Dud will come to find the missing sense of purpose in his life and confront his deepest fears and greatest hopes.”


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