×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Walker, Texas Ranger’s’ Aaron Norris, Sheree J. Wilson Team with Ani Kyd Wolf, Buffalo 8 on ‘Peace River’ (EXCLUSIVE)

MEXICO CITY — TV producer Aaron Norris, showrunner of “Walker, Texas Ranger,” is teaming with Buffalo 8, producer of Spike Lee’s Netflix original “Rodney King,” to produce “Peace River,” a one-hour drama series set on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Norris (“I Love You Phillip Morris”), created the series with Sheree J. Wilson – “Dallas’” April Stevens Ewing and star with Chuck Norris on the entire eight-year run of “Walker, Texas Ranger” – and writer-producer Ani Kyd Wolf, CEO of Canadian production company Sugar Skull.

Described by Buffalo 8 as “timely” in a press statement, “Peace River” turns on a former big city vice cop who, after her husband is killed, packs up her kids and returns to her childhood home, the small border town of Peace River. But going back home is not as simple as she imagined.

Norris, Wolf and Wilson executive produce, along with Matthew Helderman and Peabody Award winner Steven Adams for Buffalo 8.

“‘Peace River’ is emblematic of our times, a TV series which dramatizes the challenges of living in a tough border town, featuring a family rising to those challenges with grit, dignity, and a humanity that epitomizes the American spirit,” said Norris.

That hints that “Peace River” may be aiming to repeat one key achievement of “Walker, Texas Ranger”: A series which has action but is also family entertainment.

The youngest brother of Chuck Norris, and the star of HBO film “Overkill,” Aaron Norris is currently producing and directing “Maximum Speed,” a high-speed stock-car racing film set in Texas.

Directed by Lee, “Rodney King” is an acclaimed filmed record of a 2014 one-man stage show by the actor-writer Roger Guenveur Smith, Lee’s most frequent actor collaborator, about King’s beating and its aftermath, for Los Angeles and for King.

Beyond producing “Rodney King,” Buffalo 8’s marketing arm clients include Netflix, Focus Features, Adi TV Studios (“Shades of Blue”), and Yes Studios (“Fauda”), among others.

Ani Kyd Wolf has five series in development at Sugar Skull. It is also producing five feature films including “Myte,” with director Tim Russ, “The Silent Natural,” directed by David Risotto, and the documentary “Forest For The Trees” with award-winning war photo-journalist Rita Leistner.

More Film

  • 'The Dirt' Review: A Mötley Crüe

    Film Review: 'The Dirt'

    A long time ago, the words sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll carried a hint of danger. The lifestyle did, too, but I’m talking about the phrase. It used to sound cool (back around the time the word “cool” sounded cool). But sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll has long since passed into the realm [...]

  • James Newton Howard Danny Elfman

    New Trend in Concert Halls: Original Music by Movie Composers — No Film Required

    Movie and TV composers are in greater demand than ever for, surprisingly, new music for the concert hall. For decades, concert commissions for film composers were few and far between. The increasing popularity of John Williams’ film music, and his visibility as conductor of the Boston Pops in the 1980s and ’90s, led to his [...]

  • Idris Elba Netflix 'Turn Up Charlie'

    Idris Elba in Talks to Join Andy Serkis in 'Mouse Guard'

    Idris Elba is in negotiations to join Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in Fox’s fantasy-action movie “Mouse Guard” with “Maze Runner’s” Wes Ball directing. Fox is planning a live-action movie through performance capture technology employed in the “Planet of the Apes” films, in which Serkis starred as the ape leader Caesar. David Peterson created, wrote, [...]

  • Zac Efron Amanda Seyfried

    Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried Join Animated Scooby-Doo Film as Fred and Daphne

    Zac Efron has signed on to voice Fred Jones while Amanda Seyfried will voice Daphne Blake in Warner Bros.’ animated Scooby-Doo feature film “Scoob.” It was revealed earlier this month that Will Forte had been set to voice Norville “Shaggy” Rogers, while Gina Rodriguez would be voicing Velma Dinkley. The mystery-solving teens and their talking [...]

  • 'Staff Only' Review: Cultures And Values

    Film Review: 'Staff Only'

    Marta (Elena Andrada) is 17, from Barcelona and alternately bored and mortified to be on a Christmas vacation to Senegal with her estranged dad, Manel (Sergi López), and annoying little brother, Bruno (Ian Samsó). For her, the freedoms of imminent adulthood, such as the occasional poolside mojito, are tantalizing close but still technically forbidden, rather [...]

  • Rocketman

    Candid 'Rocketman' Dares to Show Elton John as 'Vulnerable,' 'Damaged,' 'Ugly'

    Elton John movie “Rocketman” dares to portray the singer’s personality early in his career to have been, at times, “ugly,” Taron Egerton – who plays the pop star – told an audience at London’s Abbey Road Studios Friday, following a screening of 15 minutes of footage from the film. It is a candid portrayal, showing [...]

  • Ben Affleck

    Ben Affleck's Addiction Drama Set for Awards-Season Release

    Warner Bros. has given Ben Affleck’s untitled addiction drama an awards-season-friendly release date of Oct. 18. The film, which has been known previously as “The Has-Been” and “Torrance,” is directed by Gavin O’Connor and stars Affleck as a former basketball player struggling with addiction, which has led to him losing his wife. As part of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content