BBC America’s thriller drama series “Orphan Black” the first episode of which was premiered in 2013 is set to get a sequel “Echoes” as announced by AMC on Wednesday. Tatiana Maslany was the original Emmy-winning star of the series but there is no word about her involvement with the new series, John Fawcett will return to the new show as director and executive producer.
After the original series ended in August 2017, news of a sequel first surfaced in 2019 with multiple pitches being submitted. Though this is not a direct sequel, the series takes place in the world of Orphan Black, which means that the ethical issues recur in the series quite often – that is clearly indicated in the official summary for the series.
In an official statement announcing the spin-off, AMC President Dan McDermott said: “Embarking on a new saga of Orphan Black with Anna, our partners at Boat Rocker, and AMC could not be more exciting,” Fawcett said in a statement. “For all our dedicated OB fans out there, I am thrilled that we can bring this new chapter to them. Without our fans, this new show certainly wouldn’t exist and for that, I am deeply grateful. I can’t wait to ‘follow the crazy science’ for them!”.
This award-winning show ran for five seasons, and Tatiana Maslany played a variety of roles throughout the series. Throughout the series, Orphan Black developed a large and loyal fan base known as the #CloneClub, who constantly follow every development in the universe, and will most certainly 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, unraveling the mystery of their identity and uncovering a wrenching story of love and betrayal.”