America’s most infamous (and beloved) outlaw and gunfighter is getting the silver display screen remedy. Premium cabler and MGM subsidiary Epix has greenlit a “Billy the Kid” drama, written and govt produced by “Elizabeth,” “The Tudors” and “Vikings” scribe Michael Hirst. The hourlong eight-parter begins manufacturing this June in Calgary, with a sequence premiere slated for 2022 on Epix.
“Billy the Kid reunites Michael Hirst and MGM, whose epic sagas with international attraction stay unmatched,” stated Rola Bauer, MGM’s president of worldwide tv productions, in a press release. “It is an immigrant story at its coronary heart and a world perspective to this legendary American character. Exciting to collaborate as soon as once more with our companions at Epix and NENT/viaplay.”
“Michael Hirst has created a sequence that may take the viewers on a wholly surprising, thrilling experience, turning what they thought they knew about this iconic character on its head,” added Michael Wright, president, Epix.
Per the logline, the show is an epic romantic journey primarily based on the lifetime of well-known American outlaw Billy the Kid, often known as William H. Bonney — from his humble Irish roots to his early days as a cowboy and gunslinger in the American frontier, to his pivotal position in the Lincoln County War and past.
“Billy’s story is far more than a unbelievable drama a couple of charismatic cowboy— though it’s that! It’s additionally the story of the immigrant, and the story of the creation of the new America from the lawless, violent chaos of the mid-West and its many countries. So in the finish it is not only a story in any respect— it is an American fable!,” Hirst stated.
Billy the Kid is a co-production between EPIX Studios and MGM International Television Productions, in affiliation with Nordic Entertainment Groups streaming service Viaplay. Executive producing alongside Hirst are Donald De Line for De Line Pictures, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey for Amblin Television and Otto Bathurst, and Toby Leslie for One Big Picture. Bathurst is ready to direct the first two episodes.