HBO is essentially abandoning all the work done so far on its six-part miniseries “Lewis and Clark” starring Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts.
An adaptation of Stephen E. Ambrose’s book “Undaunted Courage,” the project follows the pair (played by Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts) as they traverse uncharted territory on a mission to deliver President Jefferson’s message of sovereignty and search for the fabled all-water route to the Pacific.
Multiple episodes of the project were shot before production was shut down halfway through filming so the high-profile historical drama project could be retooled.
HBO said in a statement to The Live Feed: “We have decided to redevelop Lewis and Clark with Michelle Ashford writing”. Ashford, who is currently serving as the showrunner on Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” penned the original script with Ed Norton and John Curran (“The Painted Veil”).
A new re-write will come in which the network will have to greenlight a second time should it want to do so. Should that new version move forward, then the network will evaluate whether or not previously shot footage is usable and if roles have to be recast.
Curran and the project’s cinematographer Roby Hardy left the project back in August over creative diffrences, causing the shut down. The production which boasts Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt and Norton as executive producers, hoped to start up again in the Spring. Now it’s uncertain whether it ever will kick off again.