Premium channel Epix has started production of a historic miniseries about the famous outlaw written by Michael Hirst, the creator of the Tudors and Vikings.
While Vikings ended earlier this year after six seasons, British showrunner Michael Hirst is already working on new projects. A Vikings spin-off for Netflix first, titled Vikings Valhalla and written in collaboration with Jeb Stuart; The Plague Year, a miniseries on the plague that struck England in the 17th century for the History Channel; and finally Billy The Kid, a historical account of the life of the famous American bandit.
The series, presented as an epic and romantic epic on the life of William H. Bonney, will follow its trajectory from his humble Irish origins through his first feats of arms as a cowboy and bandit on the American border, to his decisive role in the Lincoln County War.
“Billy the Kid was always a hero of mine when I was a kid. I grew up in the north of England but it made no difference to me. Billy was a very special outlaw“, he explains.”On the one hand, he was very young, and on the other, he was not a psychopath who loved to kill, nor a criminal who stole for material gain. He was a bandit much of his life, but he never wanted to be. Being born into a poor family of Irish immigrants, he always wanted to settle down, to be a “new American”. But life never allowed him to.“
Intended for the premium channel Epix, which has just given the green light to production according to Deadline, this first season of eight episodes will be produced in part by Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders, His Dark Materials).
A first serial representation of this historical figure, brought to the screen many times in the cinema as Val Kilmer in the 1989 TV movie Billy the Kid, Kris Kristofferson in Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid by Sam Peckinpah or even Dane DeHaan in Vincent d’Onofrio’s 2019 movie The Kid.