Project is based on the book series by Joe Lansdale. Production on six episodes is to begin next year for a 2016 debut.
“Equal parts shocking and hilarious, ‘Hap and Leonard’ will cut through in a crowded TV landscape as irresistible southern pulp noir,” said SundanceTV prexy Sarah Barnett. “Jim Mickle and Nick Damici have a delightfully fresh approach to storytelling, creating vivid characters set in a picaresque world of deep friendship and occasional blood curdling incident.”
“Hap and Leonard” focuses on the friendship between a working-class white man who went to prison over his refusal to be drafted for military service in Vietnam and a gay black man who is a Vietnam vet.
Jim Mickle and Nick Damici adapted the Lansdale books for the series, which is wholly owned by AMC Networks. The pair previously worked on the feature adaptation of Lansdale’s “Cold in July.” Mickle is also set to direct the episodes.
Mickle, Damici, Nick Shumaker and Jeremy Platt are exec producers, with Lansdale and Lowell Northrop serving as co-exec producers.