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Robert Redford’s Docu-Drama ‘The West’ Lands Straight-to-Series Order at AMC

AMC has given a straight-to-series order to “The West,” a docu-drama from exec producer Robert Redford, the cabler announced Friday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour.

The network has ordered eight one-hour episodes, slated to premiere summer of 2016.

Redford’s Sundance Productions and Stephen David Entertainment will produce “The West” for AMC. Exec producers are Redford, David and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Prods.

Spanning from 1865 to 1890, the docu-series will explore the aftermath of the Civil War when America transformed into the land of opportunity. Depicting the violent world of cowboys, Indians, outlaws and lawmen, and chronicling the little-known true stories of Western legends such as Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Crazy House and Sitting Bull, the series will also feature interviews with actors who’ve appeared in Westerns including James Caan, Tom Selleck, Kiefer Sutherland and Ed Harris.

“We are pleased to partner with Stephen David and AMC for the production of ‘The West,’ which will transport audiences back to the days of the Wild West to meet the famous outlaws and lawmen that shaped American history and culture,” said Redford. “This series is an opportunity to revisit an era of memorable events that were part of making the United States what it is today.”

Charlie Collier, AMC and SundanceTV prez, commented, “Whether it was ‘Broken Trail,’ new episodes of ‘Hell on Wheels’ or a Saturday movie event, at AMC, we love the Western, and we can’t wait to expand our commitment to it with Robert Redford by our side.”

“The West” was previously set up at Discovery with the same creative team, slated to bow during the 2014-15 season.

Production on “The West” begins in early August. It is set to premiere next summer, alongside the final seven episodes of “Hell on Wheels.”

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