A television series inspired by Oscar-nominated film Hell or High Water is currently in the works at Fox.
The series is coming from the film’s producer, SK Global, as well as Fox Entertainment. On board as executive producer and writer is Jessica Mecklenburg, whose credits include Stranger Things and Dopesick, working on both as co-executive producer and writer. Writer of the film, Yellowstone co-creator Taylor Sheridan, is not attached.
Variety broke the news of the series going into development, while Deadline shed some light on the plot. The series will follow “a ruthless oil tycoon, who attempts to plunder a West Texas ranching community, and two local brothers, who dodge a zealous Texas Ranger and fight to keep what’s theirs, one bank robbery at a time.”
The 2016 crime-drama starred Chris Pine and Ben Foster as two brothers who become bank robbers in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas. Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham played the two texas rangers on their tails.
Directed by David Mackenzie (Outlaw/King, Starred Up), the film earned wide acclaim and made close to $US38 million from a budget of $US12 million. It was also nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Bridges), Best Original Screenplay (Sheridan), and Best Film Editing (Jake Roberts).
It’s no surprise that Fox would want to look at Hell or High Water, considering how hot Sheridan projects are right now – Yellowstone and its prequel series 1883, as well as Jeremy Renner-starring series Mayor of Kingstown. It’s just a bit of a shame that he isn’t attached to this – also unsurprising, seeing as Sheridan has a massive exclusive multi-platform programming deal with ViacomCBS to fuel Paramount+. Stay tuned as this series comes together.