This must be one of the most exciting stories that Movies In Focus has covered in the four years the site has been going. Mel Gibson will re-team with his Tequila Sunrise co-star Kurt Russell for The Barbary Coast, a new television series set during the 1849 Gold Rush. Gibson will write, direct and co-star in the show, which will also star Russell and Kate Hudson.
According to The Wrap:
‘The drama, from The Mark Gordon Company, begins with The Gold Rush in 1849 which saw the biggest influx of gold-seekers, gamblers, thieves, harlots, politicians and other felonious parasites to the infant city. Thus arose a unique criminal district that for almost seventy years was the scene of more viciousness and depravity – yet at the same time possessed more glamour and intrigue – than any other area of vice and iniquity on the American continent.’
This ticks all the right boxes for both Gibson and Russell – the former loves a gritty historical drama, while the latter is on a serious western kick following Bone Tomahawk and The Hateful Eight. The show is based on Herbert Asbury’s novel, The Barbary Coast.
Producer Mark Gordon had this to say about the talent involved:
“Most people don’t know the scandalous history behind San Francisco, and The Barbary Coast offers a rich portrayal of a period when success was often attained through illicit and brutal means. I’m excited that Kurt and Kate are working together alongside Mel, whose astute direction will bring this devious time in our history to life.”
Bruce Davey, Oliver Hudson, Wyatt Russell and Rick Nicita will executive produce the series along with Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell, and Kate Hudson
Keep reading Movies In Focus for more on The Barbary Coast.
Source: The Wrap