Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson to Star in ‘Barbary Coast’ TV Series

Gibson is also co-writing and will direct series about 1849 Gold Rush

Mel Gibson will co-write and direct TV series “The Barbary Coast” with Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson starring, TheWrap has learned. Gibson will also co-star in a recurring role.

The drama, from The Mark Gordon Company, begins with The Gold Rush in 1849, which saw the biggest influx of gold-seekers, gamblers, thieves, harlots, politicians and other felonious parasites to the infant city. Thus arose a unique criminal district that for almost 70 years was the scene of more viciousness and depravity — yet at the same time possessed more glamour and intrigue — than any other area of vice and iniquity on the American continent.

“Most people don’t know the scandalous history behind San Francisco, and The Barbary Coast offers a rich portrayal of a period when success was often attained through illicit and brutal means,” said Mark Gordon in a statement. “I’m excited that Kurt and Kate are working together alongside Mel, whose astute direction will bring this devious time in our history to life.”

The project, which is set up through Gordon’s development, production and financing studio, will use Herbert Asbury’s (“Gangs of New York”) book “The Barbary Coast” as one of the elements that will influence the series.

Bruce Davey, Oliver Hudson, Wyatt Russell and Rick Nicita will executive produce along with Gibson, Russell and Hudson. Entertainment One (eOne) will handle international distribution.

Gibson’s directing credits include “Braveheart” and “The Passion of the Christ,” as well as the upcoming “Hacksaw Ridge.”

Russell was most recently seen in Quentin Tarantino Western “The Hateful Eight” and has lined up upcoming roles in “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” and “Furious 8.” He is represented by CAA.

Hudson’s most recent credits include “Rock the Kasbah” and “Wish I Was Here.” She previously appeared on the small screen during a recurring stint on “Glee.” She is repped by CAA.