The documentary miniseries will explore the unsavory characters who populated the western region of the United States at a time when it was up for grabs
Robert Redford is executive producing a documentary miniseries called “The West” for the Discovery Channel, the network announced on Tuesday.
Set to premiere in 2014, the new series will provide unprecedented access into the wilderness, frontier lawlessness, and bloodshed of the 40 years between the end of the American Civil War and after the turn of the 20th Century, when the west was won.
From Jesse James and Crazy Horse to Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill, “The West” explores characters at the center of this violent, blood-soaked period in American history by following their struggles to claim the western region of the United States.
Laura Michalchyshyn will also executive produce for Sundance Productions, while Stephen David of Stephen David Entertainment is also on board to executive produce with Discovery’s Michael Sorenson.
DRG, an independent distributor of content representing a host of internationally recognized production companies, has acquired international rights to distribute the series outside of North America.
Sundance Productions previously produced documentary “All the President’s Men Revisited” for Discovery, while David’s production company was behind History Channel’s two-time Emmy Award winning series, “The Men Who Built America.”
“The stories of the American West are epic and profound with some of the biggest, most renowned and mythologized characters,” Redford and Michalchyshyn said in a joint statement. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Stephen David to bring this series to the world.”