SundanceTV has given a green light to Hap And Leonard, an original series to be based on author Joe Lansdale’s Southern noir books about an unlikely pair of best friends and martial arts experts who try to stay on the right side of the law in 1980s East Texas. Six one-hour episodes have been ordered for a 2016 premiere.
The series is created by feature film writer-director Jim Mickle and writer Nick Damici, who partnered on the film adaptation of Lansdale’s Cold In July, which starred Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepard and was released in May by IFC Films after its Sundance Film Festival world premiere. They have adapted the various novels, novellas and short stories about white, middle-class and conscientious objector Hap Collins and black, gay Vietnam vet Leonard Price for the series produced by Sundance Studios. Mickle is abaord as director, the latest feature helmer to dip his toe on the TV side.
Production begins next year and the series will air in 2016. Nick Shumaker and Jeremy Platt are executive producing, and Lansdale and Lowell Northrop are co-exec producing. Linda Moran is consulting producer.
“Equal parts shocking and hilarious, Hap And Leonard will cut through in a crowded TV landscape as irresistible southern pulp noir,” said SundanceTV president Sarah Barnett, SundanceTV. “What’s more, Jim and Nick are true Sundance voices, having made a splash in recent years at Sundance Film Festival with their feature film.”
SundanceTV’s original series credits include Rectify, The Red Road, The Honorable Woman and Top Of The Lake. Its miniseries One Child bows December 5, and it will premiere original series Babylon from Danny Boyle next year.
Mickle is repped by WME. Damici is with ICM Partners and Sweet 180.