9 items from 2015
The series centers on friends Hap Collins, a white working-class ex-con played by James Purefoy, and Leonard Pine, an openly gay, black Vietnam vet with anger issues played by Michael Kenneth Williams. Together, the duo fight to stay on the right side of the law in 1980s East Texas. Hendricks will play Hap’s ex-wife Trudy, who resurfaces after two years to make Hap an offer he can’t refuse.
“Hap and Leonard’s” six one-hour episodes will air in early 2016 on SundanceTV. It is created by director-writer Jim Mickle and writer Nick Damici and is produced by Sundance Studios. Nick Shumaker and Jeremy Platt exec produce; co-executive producers are Lansdale and Lowell Northrop. Linda Moran is producing. Bill Sage and Jimmi Simpson also star. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Picked up for six one-hour episodes, the “Hap and Leonard” examines race, class and friendship through the eyes of unlikely best friends Hap Collins (Purefoy) and Leonard Pine (Williams) in 1980s East Texas.
Hap spent time in prison for refusing to be drafted and serve in the Vietnam War. Now in his 30s, he works on a plantation picking roses with little financial means, but still has Leonard, his lifelong best friend and confidant. An openly gay black Vietnam war vet, Leonard struggles with anger issues and was raised by his homophobic uncle, causing him to lean on Hap for support in the non-progressive rural South of the 1980s.
The show, »
- Seth Kelley
It’s a big day for Michael Kenneth Williams.
In “Hap and Leonard,” an original series from Sundance TV that tells the story of an unexpected friendship between an unlikely duo, Williams will co-star as Leonard Pine.
Williams’ character, Leonard, is an openly gay black Vietnam war vet who struggles with anger issues, and was raised by his homophobic uncle, causing him to lean on Hap — a white, working-class laborer — for support in the non-progressive rural South of the 1980s. Hap (who has yet to be cast) spent time in prison for refusing to be drafted and serve in the Vietnam War. Now in his 30s, he works on a plantation picking roses with little financial means, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Exclusive: Writer, director, and producer E.L. “Evan” Katz, who won the 2013 SXSW Audience Award with his festival favorite dark comedy Cheap Thrills, has joined Jim Mickle and Nick Damici (Cold In July) as writer and producer on SundanceTV’s original scripted series Hap and Leonard.
Premiering in 2016, the series is adapted from author Joe Lansdale’s Southern noir books about an unlikely pair of best friends and martial arts experts who try to stay on the right side of the law in 1980s East Texas. SundanceTV ordered six one-hour episodes in November. Filming begins this year with Mickle set to direct a number of episodes.
The show marks Katz’s first foray into television after writing, directing, and producing his way up the genre film ranks. He also directed a slick entry in last year’s horror anthology ABCs of Death 2.
Hap and Leonard is the latest Lonsdale adaptation »
- Jen Yamato
Snoot Entertainment, the production company behind You're Next, The Guest and Charlie Kaufman's upcoming animated film Anomalisa, announced today that they have optioned Don Hertzfeldt's script for Antarctica, an animated, genre-defying adventure which explores the world's coldest continent. The film will also be directed by Hertzfeldt drawing on his signature visual style. Snoot Entertainment's Keith Calder and Jessica Calder will produce along with Hertzfeldt. Hertzfeldt's manager Jeremy Platt will executive-produce and Snoot's Roxanne Benjamin will co-produce.
Hertzfeldt is premiering his new short film World of Tomorrow during the opening night of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. With World of Tomorrow as his seventh short film in competition, he has had more films play in competition at Sundance than any other filmmaker. Other projects Hertzfeldt has helmed include the Academy Award nominated cult favorite Rejected, and Everything Will Be Ok, which was awarded the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Jury Award in Short Filmmaking. »
Hertzfeldt will direct and Snoot’s Keith Calder and Jessica Calder will produce along with Hertzfeldt. Hertzfeldt’s manager Jeremy Platt will exec produce and Snoot’s Roxanne Benjamin will co-produce.
Hertzfeldt will premiere his new short film “World of Tomorrow” during Thursday’s opening night of the Sundance Film Festival. It’s his seventh short film in competition at the festival.
“After twenty years of animating alone, this will also mark the first time I’ll have the opportunity to work with a talented team of animators, and I’m looking forward to »
- Dave McNary
Prolific independent animator and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt (Rejected, It’s Such a Beautiful Day) is teaming up with Keith Calder and Jessica Calder’s Snoot Entertainment to make his next feature-length film, Antarctica. The animated adventure is set on the world’s coldest continent and will be directed by Hertzfeldt from his own script in his signature style, although unlike his previous solo animated projects, this time he’ll be working with a team of animators.
Snoot, the production shingle behind You’re Next, The Guest, and the upcoming Charlie Kaufman animation Anomalisa, optioned the Antarctica script and principals Calder and Calder will produce alongside Hertzfeldt. Hertzfeldt’s manager Jeremy Platt is executive producing and Snoot’s Roxanne Benjamin is co-producer on the project.
Hertzfeldt, known for his emotionally evocative hand-drawn style and multimedia shorts, was up for the Palme d’Or for his 1998 short Billy’s Balloon and »
- Jen Yamato
Legendary Pictures has found a helmer for the tragic wildfire story Esperanza in Jim Mickle, the acclaimed American director who’s made a name for himself with horror indies Stake Land and We Are What We Are and last year’s Southern-fried pulp thriller Cold In July.
Esperanza is adapted from The Esperanza Fire, John Maclean’s book about a wildland fire started by an arsonist that killed the tightly knit forest service engine crew that bravely battled the blaze. Set against the backdrop of one of the most fire-prone areas in the world, the film chronicles the Spartan culture of these firefighters battling the ‘perfect storm’ of wildfires.
Mickle will direct from a script by Sean O’Keefe (The Escapist, Riders on the Storm, The Paper Man) with Alex Hedlund overseeing for Legendary. He’s the latest indie helmer to be tapped for bigger budget studio fare, as Gareth Edwards »
- Jen Yamato
Set against the backdrop of one of the most fire-prone areas in the world, “Esperanza” is the true story of a Spartan culture of firefighters battling the “perfect storm” of wildfires.
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The film is based on the book by John N. Maclean and has a script by Sean O’Keefe. Legendary’s Alex Hedlund will oversee the project.
Mickle’s most recent credits include 2014 Cannes Director’s Fortnight premiere “Cold in July” and »
- Linda Ge
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