Hell or High Water helmer David Mackenzie has been tapped to direct USA Network’s drama pilot Damnation. He also will executive produce.

Written and created by Tony Tost (Longmire), Damnation is described as an epic saga of the secret history of the 1930s American heartland, chronicling the mythic conflict and bloody struggle between big money and the downtrodden, God and greed, charlatans and prophets. The pilot centers on Seth Davenport, who is masquerading as a small-town Iowa preacher in the hope of starting a full-blown insurrection against the status quo. Focused on his mission, he is unaware that an industrialist tycoon has hired a professional strikebreaker named Creeley Turner to stop the uprising by any means necessary. But unbeknownst to those around them, these two men already share a secret bloody past. The roles have not been cast.

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Mackenzie, a co-founder of Sigma Films, directed this summer’s Hell or High Water, a contemporary Western starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges. The film, which premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, is poised to become the top limited-release pic of the year. His other credits include Asylum, starring Natasha Richardson and Ian McKellen, and Hallem Foe with Jamie Bell, which won a Silver Bear in Berlin 2007. He also directed the Sundance pic Perfect Sense and Starred Up with Jack O’Connell and Ben Mendelsohn.

Damnation is executive produced by Tost, James Mangold (Walk the Line), and Guymon Casady (Game of Thrones) and Daniel Rappaport (Office Space) on behalf of Entertainment 360. Mackenzie’s producing partner at Sigma Films, Gillian Berrie, will also executive produce the pilot. Universal Cable Productions is the studio.