Discovery Channel Greenlights Series About American West From Robert Redford

Redford's and Laura Michalchyshyn's Sundance Productions, along with Stephen David Entertainment, will produce "The West," set to premiere next year.
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Discovery Channel said Tuesday that it has greenlighted a new series about the American West from Robert Redford's and Laura Michalchyshyn’s Sundance Productions, along with Stephen David Entertainment.

The West will "provide unprecedented access into the wilderness, frontier lawlessness and bloodshed of the 40 years between the end of the American Civil War and after the turn of the 20th century, when the West was won." It's set to premiere in 2014.

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"The West will expose the triumphs, tragedies and legendary characters who gave rise to the taming of the American West," said Eileen O'Neill, group president of Discovery and TLC Networks.

The series will include such real-life characters as Jesse James, Crazy Horse, Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill. Each episode will follow the stories and struggles of the West’s most infamous outlaws as they fight for their land and identity.

DRG has international rights to the series.

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Redford, Michalchyshyn and David will serve as executive producers alongside Discovery's Michael Sorensen.

Discovery previously worked with Sundance Productions on the documentary All the President's Men Revealed and with SDE on The Men Who Built America.