AMC, the same network behind Breaking Bad, Mad Men and the upcoming The Walking Dead, are pursuing a new Western pilot called Hell on Wheels. The network have committed to a pilot order for the new series, which begins production in Alberta, Canada next month.
Described as "a contemporary western that centers on the building of the Transcontinental Railroad," Hell focuses on confederate veteran Cullen Bohannan's quest for vengeance, which brings him to the Union Pacific Railroad's western construction of the first Transcontinental railroad. The series was created and written by by Joe and Tony Gayton, who are also serving as executive producers. David von Ancken directs.
"Hell on Wheels brilliantly captures the world surrounding the construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad in post-Civil War America," said Joel Stillerman, AMC's senior vice president of original programming, production and digital content. "The epic setting provides the perfect backdrop for the early industrialism and corruption surrounding the project; the incredible immigrant experience; and the good, the bad, and the ugly of what it took to get this railroad built."
Source: The Hollywood Reporter