Discovery orders first scripted mini

Ridley Scott to exec produce 'Klondike' based on 'Gold Diggers'

Discovery Channel has greenlit its first scripted miniseries, “Klondike,” with Ridley Scott attached to exec produce.

Based on Charlotte Gray’s novel “Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike,” mini centers on six strangers as they struggle to survive and fight for wealth in a small frontier town.

“Klondike was the last great gold rush, one that triggered a flood of prospectors ill-equipped, emotionally or otherwise, for the extreme and grueling conditions of the remote Yukon wilderness,” Scott said. “The personal adventures are as epic as the landscape, where ambition, greed, sex and murder, as well as their extraordinary efforts to literally strike it rich, are all chronicled by a young Jack London himself.”

“Klondike” will be a co-production of Discovery, eOne and Nomadic Pictures in association with Scott Free TV. “Prison Break’s” Paul Scheuring serves as primary scribe and exec producer alongside Scott, David W. Zucker, John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg. Eileen O’Neill and Dolores Gavin will exec produce for Discovery.

“We’ve been developing scripted for some time but wanted to find the perfect fit. When we read ‘Gold Diggers,’ we knew we finally found it,” said O’Neill, group prexy of Discovery and TLC Networks. “Discovery created and owns the ‘gold’ narrative with several of our hit series, and we’re elated to partner with Scott Free Television and eOne Television on a subject we know so well as our first scripted project.”

Production on the mini begins in March in Alberta, Canada. EOne TV will handle international distribution of “Klondike.”

News of the greenlight was first reported by Deadline.