Contagion scribe Scott Z. Burns is working on a new musical anthology dramedy AMC.
According to multiple sources, the cabler has given the series titled National Anthem an initial eight-episode order.
Also on board is Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul executive producer Mark Johnson and Oscar and Grammy-winning musician T Bone Burnett.
“National Anthem is a family drama with deep resonant things to say about the fragility of our country, our world and our planet. Plus…it’s a musical! In Scott’s genius hands this results in a hugely original, intense, funny and moving piece of writing,” said Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks’ Entertainment Group and AMC Studios. “We’re so happy to work with Scott as he brings this unique story to life and absolutely delighted to continue our creative partnership with Mark, who we have been so lucky to work with on some of the most critically acclaimed series over the last decade.”