Exclusive: HBO seeks to reboot the Western with 'Lone Survivor' director

By James Hibberd
Updated July 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Nearly a decade after Deadwood, HBO is looking to return to the Wild West.

EW has exclusively learned the premium network is developing a new Western drama series that explores the outlaw rural frontier.

The title: Untamed.

The rather promising-sounding pitch: “Three mismatched travelers set out on a journey along the treacherous trek from 1840s Wyoming, across the Rocky Mountains to Utah—a journey where they’ll be forced to embrace some of their most primitive instincts, both good and bad, to survive.”

The project is executive produced and directed by prolific writer/actor/producer/director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Friday Night Lights). Mark L Smith (Vacancy) is the writer and executive producer with Alissa Bachner as co-producer.

Now if you’re wondering—based on the show’s above description—if Untamed has anything to do with the Donner Party, your historical timing is spot-on. The infamous wagon train that resorted to canabalism made its ill-fated trek in 1846-47. But the Donner Party was making its way to California, not Utah, and at this point there’s nothing in the show’s description to suggest that incident is part of the story (perhaps, if the show is greenlit, it can be in season 2?).

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