Thursday, December 16, 2010

AMC Goes To "Hell On Wheels"

AMC reports that the Alberta-lensed historical-western TV pilot "Hell on Wheels" has received a full season order pick-up.

Set in post-Civil War America, the drama follows former Confederate soldier 'Cullen Bohannan' (Anson Mount), whose " for vengeance" has led him westward to work on the construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad.

"Hell On Wheels" is created and written by Joe and Tony Gayton, developed by Endemol USA.

Entertainment One (eOne) continues its role as the studio producing the series, with eOne's TV CEO John Morayniss and SVP creative affairs Michael Rosenberg overseeing production in partnership with co-producers Mike Frislev and Chad Oakes @ Nomadic Pictures.

"We are thrilled to bring 'Hell on Wheels' to series," said Joel Stillerman, AMC's SVP of original programming, production and digital content.

"AMC's commitment to the western is long standing, and the genre is an important part of our brand and history as a channel. This show has some incredibly original twists and turns and a contemporary sensibility that we think will bring a very broad audience to our newest drama series."

"...'Hell on Wheels' tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a Confederate soldier (Mount) who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who have killed his wife. His journey takes him west to 'Hell on Wheels,' a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time. The series examines the railroad's institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience, and the plight of the newly emancipated African-Americans during reconstruction. Over time, 'Hell on Wheels' chronicles this potent turning point in our nation's history, and how uncivilized the business of civilization can be..."

"Hell On Wheels" is produced with the assistance of the Government of Alberta, Alberta Film Development Program.

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