[04/08/15 - 11:21 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, April 8 Updates include: AMC passes on "White City," sets new development slate; Diego Luna to play "Casanova" for Amazon; and Sarah Jeffery cast in NBC's "Shades of Blue."
[10/07/14 - 11:34 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, October 7 Updates include: ABC developing feature "Uncle Buck" as TV series; DirecTV near series order for drama "Ice"; and "The Mysteries of Laura," "Constantine" get orders for three additional scripts from NBC.
[09/23/14 - 11:18 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, September 23 Updates include: Michael Imperioli to complete Amazon's "Mad Dogs"; Riley Keough tapped for Starz's "The Girlfriend Experience"; and Tim Peper cast as lead of AMC's "White City."
[07/25/14 - 10:35 AM] AMC Greelnights "White City" Pilot The project is an adventure story set in the somewhat surreal ex-pat world of near-present Afghanistan, one of the most discussed and least understood places on earth.
[05/13/14 - 11:03 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, May 13 Updates include: CBS's "The Odd Couple" to recast two roles; AMC selects quintet for annual series "bake-off"; and Ilene Chaiken tapped as showrunner of FOX's "Empire."
STATUS: currently in development (2015-2016 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
ADDITIONAL NOTES: network passed on 4/8/15
DESCRIPTION: (from AMC's press release, July 2014) "White City" is an adventure story set in the somewhat surreal ex-pat world of near-present Afghanistan, one of the most discussed and least understood places on earth. The show focuses on Jon Liston, a war junkie who has spent the better part of the last decade in Kabul with a front-row seat to the carnage. In the pilot, against the advice of everyone from American embassy staffers to tweeting tribal leaders to the French journalist he's in a relationship with, Jon tragically overreaches in an attempt to talk with insurgent leaders. In the series, Jon must find a new role in Kabul as he attempts to address his guilt, frustration and doubts about whether there is good left for him or any Westerner to do in Afghanistan. The project comes from co-writers and co-executive producers Nick McDonell, a novelist (Twelve, An Expensive Education) and journalist who has covered Iraq and Afghanistan for TIME, and John Dempsey, former long-time resident of Kabul and senior advisor on Afghanistan to the late US diplomat, Richard C. Holbrooke. Executive producers are Chris Mundy, a long-time journalist for Rolling Stone and showrunner on "Criminal Minds" and "Low Winter Sun," and Tom Freston, the former CEO of Viacom and a former resident of Afghanistan. Currently an advisor to VICE and MOBY Group, an Afghan media corporation. "White City" is an AMC Studios production.