Klondike was Discovery Channel’s first announced move into drama and was launched internationally by its Entertainment One at MIPCOM last week. Discovery has had a lot of success with unscripted shows about gold and gold digging such as Gold Rush, but this will be the channel’s first original scripted series.
Based on the Charlotte Gray novel Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike, the series will follow the intertwining stories of six key characters in the 1890s, seeking to make their fortunes in the gold-rich Klondike region.
Sam Shephard (Black Hawk Down), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Abbie Cornish (Limitless) and Tim Roth (Lie to Me) star in the show. Madden will play the youthful and idealistic Bill Haskell, Shephard Father Judge, the town’s holy man, and Roth The Count, a ruthless German seeking his fortune. Cornish stars as Belinda Mulroney, a tough mill owner. The characters are fictionalised versions of real people or composites of characters from the time.
Directed by Simon Cellan Jones (Boardwalk Empire), the series was made by eOne, Hell on Wheels producer Nomadic and Ridley Scott’s prodco Scott Free and shot in Alberta, Canada.
“Ridley Scott is a virtuoso storyteller and we thought this would be the perfect marriage,” Dolores Gavin, Discovery Channel’s executive VP of development & production and Klondike executive producer told TBI shortly after the series was ordered. Some characters are running to something and some are running from something and they all interact with each other,” explains Gavin. “It’s man versus nature and man versus himself. Some people made a fortune and some made nothing during that time and a world in microcosm was created out of nothing.”
The resulting series runs to three two-hour episodes. David Zucker, president of Scott Free’s increasingly prolific TV division says: “Each [two hours] has its own dramatic arc and definitely has a climax although they are linked in the style of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.”
He adds that although Discovery will run it as 3x120mins it would work as single hours. Speaking about the creative challenge of the series, he says: “We have tried, in one TV cycle, to capture the thrust of what happened there dramatically. There is the potential to take characters and storylines and develop them further should ratings demand a follow-up. “We do tell the complete story, but could split it into an adjoining series,” Zucker says.
Replaced in the gallery the stills with better and untagged versions. Still waiting for HQs and more to be released!
A couple of promotional posters/images and a new production stills for Klondike have been added to the gallery!
Klondike is an event mini-series of epic proportion inspired by the true stories of those who hunted for wealth and battled for survival in the brutal Yukon Territory. At the center of the action are Bill Haskell and Byron Epstein – childhood best friends who risk everything to pursue their dream of striking it rich during the 1890’s gold rush. Lured into this treacherous landscape by the prospect of riches, they endure the unforgiving elements and discover that the deadliest threats are always human.
Richard is featured in the September 10th issue of Vanity Fair Italia, digital scans from the magazine have been added to the gallery! Please credit if you repost them since I spent money for it, thank you ;)
Updated the gallery with more photos from the 70th Venice International Film Festival (A Promise photocall + premiere), a new photoshoot and a SDCC related scan from TV Guide August 26th issue. Many thanks to Claudia and Olivia for their help with these pics!
PUBLIC APPEARANCES > The 70th Venice International Film Festival – Une Promesse Preniere [+7]
PHOTOSHOOTS & PHOTOCALLS > Session 017 [+1]
MAGAZINE SCANS > TV Guide: August 26, 2013 [+1]
Richard yesterday attended the 70th Venice Internation Film Festival for the World Premiere of his new movie A Promise. Photos from the photocall, premiere and the arrivals (taken by me, sadly most are blurry :( ) have been added to the gallery! Stay tuned for more :)
PUBLIC APPEARANCES > The 70th Venice International Film Festival – Une Promesse Photocall [+83]
PUBLIC APPEARANCES > The 70th Venice International Film Festival – R101 [+1]
PUBLIC APPEARANCES > The 70th Venice International Film Festival – Une Promesse Preniere [+98]