HBO is moving forward with their long-gestating Lewis And Clark miniseries.
The premium cable network has given the greenlight to the six hour project starring Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts, which tells the story of the two legendary explorers, TVWise has learned.
Lewis And Clark tells the story of Meriwether Lewis (Casey Affleck) and William Clark’s (Matthias Schoenaerts) epic journey as they traverse uncharted territory on a mission to deliver President Jefferson’s message of sovereignty, while searching for his fabled all-water route to the Pacific.
“In Lewis And Clark, we can see American idealism and the breathtaking natural beauty of the continent, as well as the complexities and tragedies of what came to be known as America’s ‘manifest destiny’,” said Mike Lombardo, President of HBO Programming. “We are tremendously excited to bring together this incredible group of talents to tell a seminal American story.”
The six-hour mini-series is based on Stephen E. Ambrose’s Undaunted Courage and has been in development at HBO for at least five years, with Michael Ashford, John Curran and Edward Norton penning the scripts. HBO and National Geographic Studios are producing, while John Curran will also direct.
For its part, this is the latest high-profile mini-series for HBO, who in recent years have produced such long form efforts as John Adams, Band Of Brothers, The Pacific and most recently Olive Kitteridge. Lewis And Clark is set to enter production this Summer, for a 2016 premiere. Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman executive produce.