The book, written in 1992 by Kim Stanley Robinson, revolves around the first human colony on Mars. Hensleigh will write the pilot and executive produce as well.
"This fits in with our bigger vision of wanting series that feel like cinematic one-hour movies," said Christina Wayne, senior vp original series and miniseries at AMC. "We're always looking for big genres but to do them in slightly different ways so they feel fresh and new," she added.
No production schedule was released, but it was said that AMC hopes to have a pilot shot by the end of the year.