HISTORY TEAMS WITH TRAVIS FIMMEL FOR SCRIPTED ANTHOLOGY SERIES IN DEVELOPMENT FROM A+E STUDIOS, ATLAS ENTERTAINMENT AND IMPERATIVE ENTERTAINMENT
SERIES TO TELL STORIES OF WYATT EARP AND ICONIC SINNERS THROUGHOUT HISTORY
New York, NY - January 20, 2017 - Less than a month after his portrayal of Ragnar met his fate on the hit series "Vikings," HISTORY is re-teaming with Travis Fimmel to develop a scripted anthology series that tells the stories of Wyatt Earp and other iconic sinners and anti-heroes throughout history. The original idea was brought to HISTORY and A+E Studios by Fimmel who has written the first episode and is attached to executive produce and star as Wyatt Earp. The untitled project is an A+E Studios production in association with Atlas Entertainment and Imperative Entertainment. Charles Roven and Alex Gartner are executive producers for Atlas Entertainment. Fimmel previously worked with Atlas on last year's Warcraft, which garnered over $400 million worldwide.
The first installment of the series would focus on the true story of Wyatt Earp, from his days in the violent Dodge City and his complex relationships with Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson, to the real story of what happened during the legendary gunfight at the OK Corral.
"Travis is a remarkable actor and we're honored to continue our relationship with him after his recent magnetic performance on 'Vikings'," said Arturo Interian, Senior Vice President, Scripted Programming, HISTORY. "Just as Travis brought a completely fresh and unexpected approach to his character Ragnar Lothbrok, this would be an unconventional portrayal of Earp like you've never seen. We intend to capture the violent spirit of the great Sergio Leone films through telling the true story of criminal turned lawman."
"I've always been fascinated with what motivates people's transgressions and the scandalous journey into infamy," said Fimmel. "I wanted to re-examine stories people think they know without the rose-colored glasses of Hollywood and let the audience decide for themselves if people like Wyatt Earp were sinners or victims of life circumstances. When it came time to bring this project together I knew HISTORY, A+E Studios, Atlas and Imperative would be great partners."
Fimmel is repped by Management 360, Paradigm and AJ Brandenstein of Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
About A+E Studios
A+E Studios is the studio unit of the award-winning global media company A+E Networks, LLC. A+E Studios creates, produces and distributes high quality scripted programming across all networks and platforms in the A+E Networks portfolio, including A&E(R) Network, Lifetime(R), History(R), LMN(R), FYI(TM), and A&E IndieFilms(R). A+E Studios' slate of programming consists of scripted series, event series and movies, including the Peabody Award-winning UnREAL for Lifetime; the event miniseries ROOTS, upcoming series SIX and Knightfall, as well as Houdini for History, among others. Following its first full production year, A+E Studios received 16 Primetime Emmy(R) nominations including Outstanding Limited Series for ROOTS.
HISTORY(R), now reaching more than 96 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network's all-original programming slate features a roster of signature series including "Pawn Stars," "American Pickers," "Swamp People," "Alone" as well as the hit drama series "Vikings." The HISTORY website is located at history.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/history and Facebook at facebook.com/history.
About Atlas Entertainment
Atlas Entertainment, led by Academy Award(R) nominated and Golden Globe(R) winning founder Charles Roven, produces tent pole films, independent features, and television shows, which collectively have generated billions of dollars in revenues. Atlas's films in 2016 alone generated over $2 billion at the global theatrical box office. Atlas is currently in post-production on JUSTICE LEAGUE, and the highly-anticipated WONDER WOMAN, both of which are part of the DC Comics Universe for Warner Bros. Atlas Entertainment is preparing for the U.S. release of Zhang Yimou's first English-language film THE GREAT WALL from Legendary Pictures and Universal on February 17. The film opened in China at number one and has made over $165 million in China so far and over $194 million as it begins its international rollout. Additionally, Atlas is currently in production on an animated Scooby-Doo feature S.C.O.O.B. for Warner Bros, which is slated for release on September 21, 2018. For television, Atlas Entertainment is producing the SYFY series 12 MONKEYS, an adaptation of the Atlas produced Terry Gilliam 1995 film, which will return for a third season later this year.