Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn’s Sundance Productions are producing a new scripted “factual series” for Discovery Channel — “The West,” which will look at the characters at the center of the 40 year period between the end of the American Civil War through the turn of the 20th Century, including Jesse James, Crazy Horse, Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill.
“The stories of the American West are epic and profound with some of the biggest, most renowned and mythologized characters,” said Redford and Michalchyshyn. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Stephen David to bring this series to the world.”
That would be Stephen David of Stephen David Entertainment, who’ll be coproducing the series, and who previously worked on the History docudrama “The Men Who Built America,” which sounds similar in format and had actors Adam Jonas Segaller, Justin Morck and Cary Donaldson playing Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Per Discovery, “The American Dream belonged to those brave enough to claim it,” even apparently when that meant robbing people.
“The West” will premiere in 2014. Sundance Productions, founded in 2012, has also produced docs “All the President’s Men Revisited” for Discovery and “The March” for PBS, both are rolling out worldwide, and are working on CNN’s “Chicagoland,” from “Brick City” directors Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin, and “Cathedrals of Culture,” a 3D series being executive produced with Wim Wenders/ Neue Road Media.