Sure enough, the producer of ‘Hatfield & McCoys,” Leslie Greif, is returning with eight-hour mini-series “Texas Rising,” about the Texas revolution and the rise of the Texas Rangers, scheduled to air on Memorial Day 2015. The cast is led by “Hatfields & McCoys” star Bill Paxton and also includes Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Crispin Glover, Jeremy Davies, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Christopher McDonald, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Jeff Fahey, and Kris Kristofferson. (Not too many women in this group.) The director is Roland Joffé, who recreated period history with Oscar-nominated “The Killing Fields” and”The Mission.”)
In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as 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. The heroic General Sam Houston, the rag tag Rangers and the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas,” lead this story of the human will to win against insurmountable odds. At the end, the Texas flags stood tall and victorious, claiming a piece of history for all eternity.