Pierce Brosnan Returns To Television In AMC’s THE SON

Sam Neill exits and Pierce Brosnan climbs aboard AMC's latest.

According to a new report on Deadline, AMC's latest series just gained a former Bond: Pierce Brosnan has signed on to headline The Son, following Sam Neill's unexpected departure from the series. 

What's The Son? Well, according to Deadline:

Based on the book by Philipp Meyer and written by Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, The Son is a multi-generational epic tale of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family.

Brosnan will play Eli, the charismatic patriarch of the McCullough family. As a child, he was kidnapped and raised among the Comanche Native American tribe and applies the brutal Comanche worldview to his business dealings. He was born on the day Texas became an independent Republic, earning the nickname “First Son of Texas” and is a relic of the Wild West, uneasy with the inexorable taming of Texas and the uncertain future of his legacy.

From the sound of things, The Son is designed to span generations, and I'm assuming that various players (possibly including Brosnan) will be playing different members of this family as the generations pass. If they're starting on the day Texas became a Republic, that puts us all the way back in 1836. I guess the plan is to follow the McCulloughs all the way up through the present day? I wonder how you go about pacing something like that. One generation per season? More? 

Anyway, The Son just got a ten-episode straight-to-series order and will begin shooting in Austin this month (hey, AMC, give me a set visit; I have some Remington Steele bedsheets I'd like to get signed for Phil), with an eye towards debuting the series on AMC next year. 

We'll keep you informed as further updates arrive.