Cable Channel Starz is developing an oil-related crime drama called "Black Gold", directed by writer Benjamin Percy. This is reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
The television project, which is produced by FremantleMedia North America, is described as a modern western setting in a town created by the economic boom associated with oil drilling in one of the states of Dakota. Director James Ponsoldt has been appointed to direct the pilot episode.
Among Ponsoldt's recent feature movies – the romantic comedy "An Exciting Time" with Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller, as well as the dramatic comedy "Broken", starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul. Ponsoldt's next directorial project is the biopic "The End of the Tour" about the writer David Foster Wallace, played by Jason Siegel. On television, Ponsoldt has worked on the series Shameless and Parents.
Benjamin Percy is the author of two novels – "Red Moon" and "The Wilding" - as well as two collections of short stories – "Refresh, Refresh" and "The Language of Elk". As of this writing, the writer is adapting "Red Moon" for a series directed by Akiva Goldsman for Fox TV, and is also working on the script for "The Wilding" for director Tanya Wexler. His next novel "The Dead Lands" - post-apocalyptic version of the Lewis and Clark expedition – will be published in April 2015.
In the event that the production of the series is given the green light, "Black Gold" will join the television projects of the Starz channel, including "Da Vinci Demons", "Outlander", " Power in the Night City and Black Sails.
The Topic of Article: Starz will movie a modern oil production western.