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HBO Miniseries: LEWIS AND CLARK Being Reworked

HBO Miniseries: LEWIS AND CLARK Being Reworked

Speaking about projects being reworked (see: WESTWORLD) the situation with the major HBO miniseries LEWIS AND CLARK seems to be a major overhaul of the scary kind and that is not good. First the sweeping six-hour endeavor hit a snag, to use the production team’s words, with “internal and external, weather-related factors,” leading to a “rough shoot” so far.   Then this past summer the director John Curran and the director of photography Rob Hardy left over the infamous “creative differences” reason. Then the trail went cold, as it were, and the project seemed dead in the water. Finally, we now have a little to go on about the...

Two HBO Films, CONFIRMATION and ALL THE WAY, Plus LADY DAY… Slated for this Spring

Two HBO Films, CONFIRMATION and ALL THE WAY, Plus LADY DAY… Slated for this Spring

We knew that HBO FILMS: CONFIRMATION and HBO FILMS: ALL THE WAY had to be in the can and ready to air, but we couldn’t lock down dates. Unfortunately, we still can’t but we are a bit closer; they debut in April and May respectively. With HBO’s presence at the Television Critics Association event recently they have confirmed the works are about to air and we around here we are anticipating their arrival. You can be assured HBOWatch will watch and review each in turn.  From the official Press Release – KERRY WASHINGTON, WENDELL PIERCE AND GREG KINNEAR STAR IN HBO FILMS’ CONFIRMATION, THE STORY OF THE EXPLOSIVE CLARENCE...

Sean Penn Slated to Play Andrew Jackson for HBO Miniseries

Sean Penn Slated to Play Andrew Jackson for HBO Miniseries

Lionsgate Television is heading AMERICAN LION about the life of our seventh President starring Sean Penn. It has been given the go-ahead by HBO to be developed into a six-hour event miniseries. The work is based on the Pulitzer Prize winner “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the While House” by Jon Meacham (found here) with additional material from Robert V. Remini’s Jackson biography. The powers that be behind the project with Lionsgate Facebook’s Head of Market Development Matt Jacobson and Narcos co-creators Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard. Miro and Bernard are writing the script and will executive produce the mini with actor Sean...

HBO Films: The Leisure Class

HBO Films: The Leisure Class

  The Leisure Class is a film inextricably linked to its production, being the final project of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s newly revived series, Project Greenlight. When you look at a painting or listen to a song, you don’t normally see or hear the struggle that went on between conflicting artists vying to bring their vision to life. However, here that’s specifically the case as an entire television show was produced around the making of this film. From the start, Project Greenlight winner Jason Mann presented himself as someone with a vision he wanted to bring to life. It was his cinematic eye that shined through...

In Production: HBO Films: ALL THE WAY

In Production: HBO Films: ALL THE WAY

Actor Bryan Cranston has successfully embodied former President Lyndon Baines Johnson to perfection on Broadway with the production ALL THE WAY. HBOWatch has already reported that he will bring that role now to HBO. As the production gets underway announcements of complimentary players in key roles have been announced and an official press release has surfaced verifying that the HBO Films presentation is now in production.       FILMING STARTS ON HBO FILMS’ ALL THE WAY, WITH TONY AWARD WINNER BRYAN CRANSTON REPRISING HIS ROLE AS PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON; JAY ROACH DIRECTS; ROBERT SCHENKKAN ADAPTS HIS TONY AWARD-WINNING...

In Production- HBO Films: CONFIRMATION

In Production- HBO Films: CONFIRMATION

Back in March we mentioned that HBO Films: CONFIRMATION had signed on Kerry Washington of ABC’s Scandal to star. The movie, about the Clarence Thomas hearings, will see her as Anita Hill. That case offered America its first look at the issues of sexual harassment in the workplace which all boiled to the surface when Thomas was out to grab a seat as a Supreme Court judge. Joining Washington in the upcoming film is a who’s who of talents taking on the players in this big-arena story. We start off with the key role on the other side of the table. Playing Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas will be Wendell Pierce. Yes, that Wendell Pierce,...

LEWIS AND CLARK Miniseries Casts Key Roles

LEWIS AND CLARK Miniseries Casts Key Roles

Two key characters in the story of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their Corp of Discovery have been cast in the highly anticipated HBO miniseries. They are both important supporting characters that always seem to make it into the history books – Sacagawea and York. Actress Tanaya Beatty (pictured) has been cast as the Shoshone interpreter and guide Sacagawea She aided the expedition in dealing with the various Indian tribes they encountered, though she often slowed the journey down by often getting ill and giving birth along the way. It is said Lewis did not much care for her. The role of York is to be played by Stephen Hill. York...

Morgan Freeman Brings Bass Reeves Miniseries to HBO

Morgan Freeman Brings Bass Reeves Miniseries to HBO

  Yet another miniseries adapted from a biography is in the planning stages at HBO. This project takes us to the classic Old West to play out the life of frontier Marshal Bass Reeves. Actor Morgan Freeman is one of the producers that will adapt the Art T. Burton biography Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshall Bass Reeves. Just who was this Old West lawman? He escaped from slavery during the civil war fleeing into Indian territory where he honed his firearm skills. He went on to become one of the first black U.S. Deputy Marshals in the Oklahoma territory deputized by the legendary “hanging judge” Isaac C....

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