8:21am PT by Kate Stanhope
'Vikings' Alum Travis Fimmel Returns to History for Anthology Drama
Travis Fimmel is returning to History.
Weeks after his Vikings character Ragnar was killed off, Fimmel and of the A+E Networks channel are reteaming for an anthology drama, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The untitled project, which is currently in development, will center on Wyatt Earp and other iconic sinners and anti-heroes throughout history. The first installment will tell the story of Earp, from his days in violent Dodge City and his complex relationships with Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson, to the events of the legendary gunfight at the OK Corral.
Fimmel conceived of the project and penned the first episode. He is attached to exec produce and star Wyatt Earp. A+E Studios will produce in association with Atlas Entertainment and Imperative Entertainment. Charles Roven and Alex Gartner will exec produce for Atlas Entertainment.
The anthology project reunites Fimmel with Atlas Entertainment, which produced the film Warcraft, in which Fimmel starred.
“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, History senior vp scripted programming. “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.”
Added Fimmel: “I’ve always been fascinated with what motivates people’s transgressions and the scandalous journey into infamy. 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 starred on Vikings for the first four seasons before his character was shockingly killed off in December. His other credits include Tarzan the series.
The untitled anthology marks a push further into scripted for History, which has found success with Vikings as well as scripted minis like Roots and Hatfields & McCoys. The channel launched the scripted Weinstein Company military drama Six on Wednesday, which grabbed 2.6 million viewers.