Discovery Channel has commissioned Sundance Productions and Stephen David Entertainment to produce The West, a series exploring “the wilderness, frontier lawlessness, and bloodshed” of the Wild West.
The series, premiering on the U.S. cable network in 2014, will look at the 40 years between the end of the American Civil War and after the turn of the 20th Century, “when the West was won.” The series is a copro between Stephen David (The Men Who Built America) and Sundance (All the President’s Men Revisited).
“The West will expose the triumphs, tragedies and legendary characters who gave rise to the taming of the American West,” said Eileen O’Neill, group president of Discovery and TLC Networks. “We are excited to partner with Stephen David Entertainment and again with Robert Redford and Sundance Productions to bring these enduring stories to Discovery.”
Stephen David, Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn will serve as executive producers, while Michael Sorensen is the EP for Discovery Channel.
In a joint statement, Sundance Productions principals Redford and Michalchyshyn said: “The stories of the American West are epic and profound with some of the biggest, most renowned and mythologized characters. We are thrilled to be partnering with Stephen David to bring this series to the world.”
David added: “After the Civil War, the Western frontier becomes this place where if you wanted something, you took it. Whether you were fighting for land, money or pride, sooner or later, you found yourself on one end of a gun or another.”
Independent distributor DRG has acquired international rights to distribute The West outside of North America.