On October 5, 2011, Nomadic Pictures wrapped Hell on Wheels, a new tv series shot for AMC in Calgary this October. Hell on Wheels tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a Confederate soldier (Anson Mount) who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who have killed his wife. His journey takes him west to ‘Hell on Wheels,’ a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time. The series documents the railroad’s incredible feat of engineering and construction as well as the institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience, and the plight of the immigrants and newly emancipated African-Americans during reconstruction. Over time, Hell on Wheels chronicles this potent turning point in America’s history, and how uncivilized the business of civilization can be.
In addition to Mount (City by the Sea, Cook County, ABC’s Line of Fire) Hell on Wheels stars musician/actor Common (Just Wright, Date Night) as Elam, Dominique McElligott (Moon, The Philanthropist) as Lily Bell, Colm Meaney (The Conspirator, Get Him to the Greek) as Durant, Ben Esler (The Pacific) as Sean McGinnes, Philip Burke (Mercy) as Mickey McGinnes and Eddie Spears (Into the West) as Brother Joseph.
We are thrilled to bring ‘Hell on Wheels’ to series,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s SVP of original programming, production and digital content. “AMC’s commitment to the western is long standing, and the genre is an important part of our brand and history as a channel. This show has some incredibly original twists and turns and a contemporary sensibility that we think will bring a very broad audience to our newest drama series.
Nomadic Pictures was established in Calgary, Alberta the fall of 1995 by two Albertans who shared a dream to make movies and television that entertain global audiences. Chad Oakes and Mike Frislev have seen their dream grow to more than fifty productions and many accolades, including 21 EMMY Nominations and seven EMMY wins, starting with Best Movie of the Week (The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie) and Best Mini-Series (Broken Trail). Nomadic Pictures has worked with outstanding international and Canadian talent on both sides of the camera, including Robert Duvall, Walter Hill, Jason Priestley, Jack Palance, Robert Downey Jr., Sean Penn, Kris Kristofferson, Colm Feore, Dwight Yoakam, Kim Basinger, Mila Kunis, Thomas Haden Church, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alyssa Milano, Malcolm McDowell and Heather Locklear, just to name a few.
Chad Oakes of Nomadic Pictures, the series’ local producer, says Hell On Wheels will contribute almost $30 million to the local economy.
This is a huge event for us and for the Alberta film industry because it’s been a real tough go recently,” he says.
The future looks bright for Nomadic with the recent announcement of AMC’s full-season order for Hell on Wheels, which Nomadic co-produced with Entertainment One. Chad and Frislev’s dream to make damn good movies continues. Hell on Wheels is now in post-production in Calgary and is scheduled to begin airing on AMC this November 2011.