A+E Networks-owned History has commissioned Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions and Stephen David Entertainment to produce an eight-part docuseries following some of America’s first pioneers.
The hour-long Frontiersmen is slated to explore the stories of such iconic settlers as Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, Tecumseh, Davy Crocket and Andrew Jackson. The series will also look to examine how the frontier shaped modern American society while chronicling the country’s formative first 75 years, from post-revolutionary war colonies to the California Gold Rush.
Appain Way’s DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson, Michael Hampton and Phillip Watson serve as executive producers alongside Stephen David Entertainment’s and Stephen David, and History’s Kristen Burns and Russ McCarroll.
A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for the series.
“During these years, America went from the opportunity of land to the land of opportunity and it was a bloody struggle throughout,” said Paul Cabana, executive VP and head of programming at History, in a statement. “From Crockett to Boone, we’ll tell the bold stories of these adventurous trailblazers who explored the uncharted wilderness and became the icons we know today.”
Appian Way has previously produced such environmental documentaries as The 11th Hour and the recently released clarion call Before the Flood. The LA-based production outfit’s scripted slate includes Shutter Island, The Revenant, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Aviator, The Ides of March and Orphan.