The first episode of BBC America’s thriller drama series “Orphan Black” broadcast in 2013, and the sequel “Echoes” was confirmed by AMC on Wednesday. Tatiana Maslany was the original Emmy-winning star of the series, but there has been no word on her involvement with the new one. John Fawcett will return as director and executive producer on the new show.
Following the conclusion of the original series in August 2017, various pitches for a sequel were filed in 2019. Though it is not a direct sequel, the series is set in the world of Orphan Black, which means that ethical dilemmas return frequently in the story — as the official summary for the series explicitly states.
“Embarking on a new tale of Orphan Black with Anna, our friends at Boat Rocker, and AMC could not be more thrilling,” AMC President Dan McDermott said in an official statement announcing the spin-off. “I am overjoyed that we will be able to present this new chapter to all of our devoted OB fans.” This new show would not exist if it weren’t for our fans, and I am grateful for that. I’m really looking forward to ‘following the crazy science’ for them!”
Tatiana Maslany appeared in a number of roles throughout the five-season run of this award-winning drama. Orphan Black acquired a significant and devoted fan base known as the #CloneClub throughout the series, who closely followed every development in the world and will undoubtedly follow the sequel series as well.
The AMC’s summary of the show: “Set in the near future, the new Orphan Black takes a deep dive into the exploration of the scientific manipulation of human existence. It follows a group of women as they weave their way into each other’s lives and embark on a thrilling journey, unravelling the mystery of their identity and uncovering a wrenching story of love and betrayal.”