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[TV] Robert Duvall's "Broken Trail"

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    AMC, Duvall saddle oater Net gambles $15 mil on horse opera By DENISE MARTIN http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117924925? categoryid=14&cs=1&s=h&p=0 AMC has
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 14, 2006
      AMC, Duvall saddle oater
      Net gambles $15 mil on horse opera
      By DENISE MARTIN
      http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117924925?
      categoryid=14&cs=1&s=h&p=0


      AMC has engineered the priciest original programming deal in its
      history, spending $15 million for a four-hour miniseries exec
      produced by and starring Robert Duvall.
      Duvall and longtime friend Alan Geoffrion developed "Daughters of
      Joy," an epic adventure set in the Old West.

      Story, based on historical documents and research, centers on a
      rancher, played by Duvall, who crosses paths with five enslaved
      Chinese women being sent to mining camps to work as prostitutes.

      The rancher and his nephew take pity on the women and take them
      along as they transport more than 500 horses from Oregon to Wyoming.

      Walter HillWalter Hill, who won an Emmy for directing the pilot
      episode of "Deadwood," will helmhelm the project, penned by
      Geoffrion. Stanley M. Brooks ("Living With the Dead") and Duvall's
      producing partner, Rob Carliner ("The Apostle""The Apostle"), are
      exec producing.

      Duvall told Daily Variety that the project reps the completion of "a
      personal trilogy for me: 'Lonesome Dove,' 'Open Range' and
      now 'Daughters of Joy.'

      "It's the consummation of many things: My uncle was a rancher in
      northern Montana, and I have a lot of friends in Texas. This is
      something very near to my heart. The story is actually partially
      based on something that happened to the father of a friend of mine."

      Brooks, a longtime producer of TV Westerns including most recently
      NBC's "The Legends of Butch and Sundance," said "Daughters" would be
      more character-driven than traditional oaters.

      "It feels a little like 'Lonesome Dove.' This miniseries really is
      about these characters, who by some twist of fate end up in each
      other's lives and go on this journey together in the Old West."

      He added that the element of the horse drive is something unique to
      the project: "You see a lot of cattle drives in famous Westerns, but
      I can't recall a good horse one."

      Production begins in Calgary this August for a premiere next summer.

      Project is AMC's first scripted endeavorEndeavor and further defines
      an increasing commitment to original programming. CablerCabler's
      originals slate includes "Celebrity Charades," "Movies That Shook
      the World," "Sunday Morning Shootout" and "Movie Club With John
      Ridley."

      Christina WayneChristina Wayne and Vlad Wolynetz are
      overseeing "Daughters" for AMC. "Daughters" is a co-production of
      Duvall and Carliner's Butcher's Run Films and Brooks' Once Upon a
      Time FilmsOnce Upon a Time Films.

      Duvall last appeared in "Kicking and Screaming" and "Secondhand
      Lions." He'll next star in the features "Lucky You" and "Thank You
      for Smoking."

      Brooks' latest installment in NBC's "Behind the Camera" franchise,
      this one about "Diff'rent Strokes," will bowbow this fall. He most
      recently produced the Lifetime movie "Fighting the Odds," starring
      Jami GertzJami Gertz.
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