Netflix has long made a play to be subscriber’s primary, if not sole, entertainment source, and now it looks to be adding a bit of visual grandeur to its resume. With “Game of Thrones” giant Jason Momoa set to star and “San Andreas” director Brad Peyton lined up as an executive producer, “Frontier” looks on paper to be a big screen adventure pared down for your HDTV or iPhone.
“Frontier” is a drama following the wild fight over the North American fur trade during the late 18th century. Negotiations are made with violence rather than reason, and the multiple perspectives incorporated to tell the story should provide a voice to everyone involved in the battle, from Native tribes to Europeans.
Alun Armstrong (“”Braveheart”), Landon Liboiron (“Hemlock Grove”), Zoe Boyle (“Downton Abbey”) and Allan Hawco (“The Book of Negroes”) and newcomer Jessica Matten join Momoa, who will be the de facto lead of the series. Momoa was last seen in “The Red Road” on SundanceTV, but that series has since been canceled. The former “Game of Thrones” star will be playing Aquaman in multiple upcoming films, including a standalone entry from Warner Bros. Rob and Peter Blackie are the co-creators, with Peyton, Jeff Fierson, Alex Patrick and John Vatcher all signed on as executive producers.
The Netflix drama is scheduled to debut in 2016 everywhere but Canada, which will air the first season on a local cable station before it arrives on Netflix in 2018.