With 14.3 total viewers tuning in for the third part of History's miniseries Hatfields & McCoys last week, and an average of 13.8 total viewers for the three-night event, it's safe to say there's an interest in dramas about feuding families. So it's no real surprise to hear that at least one major network may be in the market for its own slice of that successful pie. There's a project in the works that could put a modern twist on the true American story and by what's being reported, there's a pretty big celebrity name attached.
Deadline is reporting that NBC is in the process of working out a deal for a Hatfields and McCoy series to be produced by Charlize Theron and ABC Studios, with Eagle Eye's John Glenn set to create the pilot. Per the site, the project will bring the centuries-old family feud to a contemporary, urban setting. "The Hatfields have risen to incredible wealth and power, while the McCoys are working-class." Interesting.
There may be something to that concept, especially if it's being treated like a sequel, with the two families still at each others throats well over a century after it all started. Who couldn't picture history repeating itself here as one of the Hatfields falls for one of the McCoys while the rest of them feud? That's pure speculation at this point, though. From the sound of it, this is still in the early stages of development, but after enjoying History's telling of the historical family feud, I'd be interested to see what becomes of this project - including who's cast in the lead roles and which city will play the part of the "urban setting" - should this project get off the ground.
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