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SundanceTV is developing “Hap and Leonard,” a project based on Joe Lansdale’s stories of an unlikely pair of best friends and martial arts experts who solve crimes in their East Texas town.

Jim Mickle and Nick Damici, who partnered on the upcoming film adaptation of Lansdale’s “Cold in July” with Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepard, will be adapting the novels, novellas and short stories about white, working-class Hap Collins and black, gay Leonard Pine. Mickle will also direct.

The project is being developed by Nick Shumaker and his Paradise City production company. Shumaker will executive produce along with Jeremy Platt, co-exec producers Lansdale and Lowell Northrop and consulting producer Linda Moran.

“We are so pleased to be working with Jim Mickle and Nick Damici,” said Nena Rodrigue, SundanceTV’s head of programming. “They are incredible storytellers and uniquely poised to bring an independent film sensibility to television.”

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