AMC is riding the rails back to the post-Confederacy era with its next series.
The network has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of Hell on Wheels from Entertainment One. Set in the post -Civil War, the series follows former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannan (Anson Mount), whose quest for vengeance leads him west on the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. AMC ordered the pilot last July.
AMC -- which began its original production run with Emmy-winning western miniseries Broken Trail in 2007 and yesterday added five Golden Globe nominations for Mad Men, Breaking Bad and recent zombie skein Walking Dead -- did not announce a premiere date for Hell on Wheels.
The Rainbow Media service earlier this month began production in Vancouver on Killing, based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen, which tells the story of the murder of a young girl in Seattle and the subsequent police investigation. It's set to debut in March.
Produced by Entertainment One, Hell on Wheels is created and written by Joe and Tony Gayton (Faster/UncommonValor/Salton Sea), who also serve as executive producers. The project is being developed by Endemol USA with senior vice president of scripted programming Jerry Gold working as executive producer. E1 Television CEO John Morayniss and senior vice president of creative affairs Michael Rosenberg will oversee production in partnership with co-producers Mike Frislev and Chad Oakes at Nomadic Pictures.
In addition to the AMC deal, E1 and Endemol USA have entered into their first international distribution partnership. Under the terms of this agreement, Endemol will hold all television distribution rights across Europe with E1 selling Hell on Wheels in all remaining territories. E1 also holds worldwide rights for DVD/Blu-ray, VOD and Digital distribution for the project.
"We are thrilled to bring ‘Hell on Wheels' to series," said Joel Stillerman, AMC senior vice president of original programming, production and digital content, in announcing the pick-up. "AMC's commitment to the western is long standing, and the genre is an important part of our brand and history as a channel. This show has some incredibly original twists and turns and a contemporary sensibility that we think will bring a very broad audience to our newest drama series."