Orphan Black: Echoes, the sequel to Orphan Black, has been officially greenlit, with a release date sometime in 2023 and a new set of characters. The original series follows Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning (and Allison Hendrix, Cosima Niehaus, as well as a whole host of other characters) as she figures out that not only is she a clone, but that she and her "sisters" are targets of a mysterious plot that ends with all of them dead. The series ran from March 2013 to August 2017 on BBC America, and the follow-up, Echoes, was announced in 2019.
Orphan Black had a solid following, and audiences were excited for more stories when Echoes was first announced. That initial report of an Orphan Black spinoff show highlighted that the series would focus on entirely new characters. Since then, there haven't been many development updates on the series. However, in February 2022, AMC announced it had found a showrunner for the series in Anna Fishko, who previously wrote for Fear the Walking Dead.
THR reports that AMC has confirmed Orphan Black: Echoes will be released on AMC+, AMC's digital streaming service. Set in the near future, the show is described as "a deep dive into the exploration of the scientific manipulation of human existence" and will feature a new group of characters based on AMC's description. No casting details have been released as of yet. Orphan Black's co-creator, John Fawcett, returns as an executive producer and director for Echoes. Fawcett has noted that he is excited to return to the show's universe and that he's deeply grateful to the fans for the support over the years. Fishko, while new to Orphan Black, is no stranger to AMC's works and had this to say about the series:
“I am thrilled to begin this new chapter in the world of Orphan Black. Creating a story that embraces the legacy of the original show has been so gratifying, and I’m excited for audiences to embark on a new journey that explores the big questions of what makes us who we are. I’m incredibly lucky to have such supportive partners in Boat Rocker, John Fawcett and AMC, and can’t wait to introduce audiences old and new to the next installment of this beloved story.”
Aside from AMC's Fear the Walking Dead, Fishko has previously worked on Netflix's Pieces of Her as a writer and will also hold the executive producer title, along with Fawcett. The original series netted Maslany three primetime Emmy nominations and a win in 2016 for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series." The first season also won a Peabody Award for its excellence in storytelling.
With Echoes officially set to launch, AMC is adding another strong contender to its digital streaming platform. Echoes joins shows such as Better Call Saul and Fear the Walking Dead in AMC+'s library in its effort to contend with streaming giants such as Netflix and Disney+. While the show is undoubtedly a substantial addition, AMC's seen its share of ratings decline with franchises like The Walking Dead, so the return of the Orphan Black universe is likely to bring viewers back to the embrace of AMC's shows for at least a short while, but whether the new characters can keep up with the high-stakes thrills and action that Maslany and the cast and crew of the original delivered are yet to be determined. For now, AMC is playing its cards close to its chest. Orphan Black: Echoes is scheduled to release sometime in 2023.