Vikings star Travis Fimmel has found his next big TV project with The History Channel. He's teaming up with the network to develop a scripted series that tells the legendary stories of Wyatt Earp and other "iconic sinners and anti-heroes throughout history."
Fimmel wrote the first episode of the series and will take on the role of Earp. The first installment "will focus on Earp, from his days in Dodge City and his relationships with Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson, to the real story of what happened during the legendary gunfight at the OK Corral."
I went on a Wyatt Earp history binge after I saw Tombstone for the first time. There are so many incredible stories to tell about his life, and I am stoked that we are going to get a series that focuses on those stories.
Arturo Interian, History’s SVP of scripted programming had this to say in a statement:
“Travis is a remarkable actor and we’re honored to continue our relationship with him after his recent magnetic performance on ‘Vikings’. Just as Travis brought a completely fresh and unexpected approach to his character Ragnar Lothbrok, this would be an unconventional portrayal of Earp like you’ve never seen. We intend to capture the violent spirit of the great Sergio Leone films through telling the true story of criminal turned lawman.”
Fimmel added his two cents, saying:
“I’ve always been fascinated with what motivates people’s transgressions and the scandalous journey into infamy. I wanted to re-examine stories people think they know without the rose-colored glasses of Hollywood and let the audience decide for themselves if people like Wyatt Earp were sinners or victims of life circumstances.”
I'm 100% on board with this and I can't wait to see how it turns out!