History Orders ‘Texas Rising’ Miniseries, Starring Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta and Directed by Roland Joffé

History Orders 'Texas Rising' Miniseries, Starring Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta and Directed by Roland Joffé

History will re-team with Thinkfactory Media’s Leslie Greif, the executive producer of the network’s 2012 ratings hit (and first scripted venture) “Hatfields & McCoys,” on  a new eight-hour miniseries about the Texas Revolution tentatively titled “Texas Rising.”

Bill Paxton, who was one of the leads of “Hatfields & McCoys,” has signed on to star alongside an impressive cast that includes Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Thomas Jane, Olivier Martinez, Chad Michael Murray, Michael Rapaport and Max Thieriot. A&E Studios and ITV Studios America will co-produce and Roland Joffé (“The Killing Fields”) will direct.

Here is a brief synopsis of the series:

In 1836, if west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West then Texas was hell on earth. Crushed from the outside by Mexican armadas and attacked from within by ferocious Comanche tribes – no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the cruel rule of the Mexican General Santa Anna. From General Sam Houston, to rag tag Rangers to the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas” – this is a story of the human spirit rising in the face of insurmountable odds and claiming a piece of history for all eternity.

While History’s EVP and General Manager Dirk Hoogstra acknowledged that the series will be a “massive undertaking,” both he and Greif were equally enthusiastic at the prospect of the challenge. “The battle for Texas independence was epic and really the battle for the future of America,” said Greif. “We have Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated talent, a stellar ensemble cast is being set, and with this team, we will seek to even further redefine and elevate the term ‘event television.’”

“Texas Rising” is slated to premiere on History in 2015.

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Wayne johnson

Sadly disappointing. A misrepresentation of history. Filmed in an area that does not even resemble the areas where the events actually happened. I don’t think I will finish this series. Very dissappointed

Bob Branson

I just finished watching the first episode of Texas Rising. It is full of errors, distortions and just stupid (or lazy) misrepresentations. The geography is wrong (no mountains anywhere near San Antonio, and certainly not to the east,) the flags at the Alamo and Goliad are wrong, Victoria is not north of Gonzales, Anglos were never forbidden to touch Mexicans…most of them married Hispanic women, and while there is honest dispute about whether the Yellow Rose of Texas was in fact a double agent, she was never alleged to have been at the Alamo. If the legend is true, she was a camp follower with Santa Anna and her name was Emily Morgan. If Leslie Grief is, as his press releases say "a history buff," he should not have written such a lame script.

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