Discovery’s first scripted mini-series, announced last year, is based on Charlotte Gray’s book Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike. Her tale brings to life the story of six strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small frontier town in the remote Klondike.
Klondike follows the lives of two childhood best friends, Bill and Epstein, in the late 1890s as they flock to the gold rush capital in the untamed Yukon Territory. This man-versus-nature tale places our heroes in a land full of undiscovered wealth, but ravaged by harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and desperate, dangerous characters including greedy businessmen, seductive courtesans and native tribes witnessing the destruction of their people and land by opportunistic entrepreneurs.
Production began in March 2013 under the direction of Simon Cellan Jones (“Generation Kill,” “Treme”) on location in Alberta, Canada. The series will be produced with the assistance of the Government of Alberta’s Alberta Film Development Program.
Klondike is a co-production of Discovery, Entertainment One (eOne), and Nomadic Pictures, in association with Scott Free Productions. Paul Scheuring (“Prison Break,” “A Man Apart”) is the primary writer and will serve as executive producer, along with Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker from Scott Free; as well as John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg for eOne. Eileen O’Neill and Dolores Gavin will serve as executive producers for Discovery.
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