AMC, home to the current Western show Hell on Wheels, will team up with The Sundance Kid to produce the docu-drama series The West. Robert Redford, who played The Sundance Kid in the hit film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), was previously slated to debut the project on The Discovery Channel in 2014. Docu-dramas, whether on film or TV, feature dramatized re-enactments of real events.
Created by Redford’s Sundance Productions, the eight-episode series will examine events in the American West in the 25-year period following the end of the US Civil War (in 1865). The series will explore the stories of key Western figures such as the outlaw Jesse James, Oglala Lakota leader Crazy Horse, Wyatt Earp of OK Corral fame, Lakota medicine man & tribal leader Sitting Bull, and Wild West show promoter Buffalo Bill. The series will also interview a selection of actors that have appeared in various Westerns, to share their reflections on working in the genre.
The West is scheduled to debut on AMC in the summer of 2016 and will help to fill the “Western void” left by Hell of Wheels, which concludes then after 5 seasons. DRG will distribute the series internationally.
Robert Redford has lived in the American West throughout his adult life, having built a home in Utah in the 1960s. In 1978, he established the now-famous Sundance Film Festival in that state.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)