SundanceTV has given the green-light to Hap and Leonard, an adaptation of the novel series of the same name by noted author Joe Lansdale
Based on Lansdale’s series of eight novels and two novellas, Hap and Leonard tells the story of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, an unlikely pair of best friends and martial arts experts who struggle through misadventure to stay on the right side of the law in 1980’s East Texas.
The drama series, which has received an order for six episodes, is being penned by Nick Damici and Jim Mickle, who is also attached to direct. Sundance Studios is producing with Nick Shumaker and Jeremy Platt serving as executive producers. Original author Joe Lansdale is also attached to the project and will co-executive produce. Production begins next year for a 2016 premiere.
With the series greenlight, Hap and Leonard joins a growing roster of first run scripted content at SundanceTV, and becomes the network’s third wholly owned original series after southern drama Rectify, which was recently renewed for a six episode third season; and the Jason Mamoa fronted The Red Road, which has earned a second season renewal.
“Equal parts shocking and hilarious, ‘Hap and Leonard’ will cut through in a crowded TV landscape as irresistible southern pulp noir”, said Sarah Barnett, President of SundanceTV. “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. We couldn’t be happier to add ‘Hap and Leonard’ to our line up of daring scripted shows.”