MONTREAL — Veteran Canuck TV producer Bernard Zukerman is teaming up once again with Cinar Films of Montreal to produce the miniseries “Revenge of the Land,” a prairie period piece based on Maggie Siggins’ award-winning book.
The Western drama is directed by Montreal-born filmmaker John N. Smith. Canadian pubcaster CBC has already inked to air the four-hour miniseries next season and Zukerman said a U.S. network deal is imminent.
“Revenge of the Land,” which kicked off lensing in Saskatchewan last week, stars Kenneth Welsh, Jennifer Dale, Chandra West and Sean Gallagher. Cinar will distribute the miniseries worldwide.
“Revenge of the Land” is a wheat-fields “Upstairs, Downstairs” chronicling the lives of the dirt-poor Carmichaels and the well-to-do Hawkes, who both live in the fictional small prairie town of Promise at the turn of the century. Ceilidh Carmichael (West) takes a job in John Hawke’s (Welsh) home against her father’s wishes and soon falls in love with Finn (Gallagher), the virtuous son that Hawke Sr. despises. Along the way, Ceilidh becomes the town madam, while Finn, who has been forcibly separated from Ceilidh, leads the local farmers in a revolt against his father.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the Canadian West,” said Zukerman, who is producing.
Cinar co-CEO Micheline Charest and Cinar president Ronald Weinberg serve as executive producers.
Shooting moves to the Montreal area Sept. 10 and is set to wrap at the beginning of November. The miniseries will be delivered next spring.