9:06am PT by Kate Stanhope
SundanceTV Renews 'Hap and Leonard' for Season 2
Hap and Leonard is coming back for round two.
SundanceTV has renewed the drama series for a second season, star James Purefoy announced Monday on Twitter.
On a brighter note @HapAndLeonard has been officially picked up for Season 2..— James Purefoy (@JamesPurefoy) June 27, 2016
Based on Joe R. Lansdale's books, the show stars Purefoy and Michael K. Williams (The Wire) as two mismatched best friends who take part in a get-rich-quick scheme that quickly goes awry.
The drama hails from Cold in July writers Jim Mickle and Nick Damici, marking the duo's second Lansdale adaptation. Mickle directs, with Nick Schumaker and Jeremy Platt executive producing. Lansdale co-exec produces with Lowell Northrop.
Season two will be based off of the second book in the series, Mucho Mojo, and will consist of six episodes, set to premiere sometime in 2017. Additionally, John Wirth (Hell on Wheels) has come onboard the series as showrunner for season two.
"We’re thrilled to be bringing Hap and Leonard back for another season with these completely unique characters," Joel Stillerman, AMC and SundanceTV's president of original programming and development, said in a statement. “James, Michael and the creative and production team did a superb job bringing Joe Lansdale’s characters to life in Season 1, and Sundance viewers responded accordingly. We can’t wait to see what the boys get up to in Season 2.”
The renewal comes as SundanceTV prepares to say goodbye to its first original series, Rectify, which kicks off its fourth and final season in September. The cabler also has the upcoming drama The A Word and the second season of the Elisabeth Moss-led Top of the Lake, which will debut with new additions Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie in 2017.
June 28, 10:20 a.m. Updated with statement and additional details from SundanceTV.