USA Network announced today its pick-up for the pilot Damnation, an historical drama set in the American heartland in the 1930s. David Mackenzie, whose 2016 film Hell or High Water is currently playing to rave reviews, is set to direct the pilot; Longmire's Tony Tost penned the pilot script.
Described as an epic saga, Damnation centers on "the mythic conflict and bloody struggle between big money and the downtrodden, God and greed, charlatans and prophets." The main character of the pilot is Seth Davenport, a man masquerading as a small-town Iowa preacher in the hopes of starting a full-blown insurrection against the status quo. Focused on his mission, he is unaware that an industrialist tycoon has hired a professional strikebreaker named Creeley Turner to stop the uprising by any means necessary. But unbeknownst to those around them, these two men already share a secret past.
“Tony’s script captures a period of American history with many of the same conflicts that we are still facing today,” said Bill McGoldrick, EVP of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s scripted content group. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Universal Cable Productions, James Mangold, and Entertainment 360 on this powerful and ambitious historical drama.”
Damnation is the second pilot pick-up announced by USA Network in the last month. In August, news broke that The Tap, another historical drama -- this time about the tumultuous culture at Yale University in the 1960s -- is in the works.