Wyoming author Craig Johnson’s novels about Sheriff Walt Longmire are being used for the theme of a contemporary crime thriller TV drama series on A&E, scheduled to debut in 2012, according to the network.
The show will star Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”), who will play a deputy opposite Robert Taylor's mid-western sheriff. Other stars are Lou Diamond Phillips (“Stargate Universe”), Bailey Chase (“Saving Grace”) and Cassidy Freema (“Smallville”).
The series, which hails from the Shephard/Robin Co. and Warner Horizon Television, will be directed by Greg Yaitanes (“House”) and written by Hunt Baldwin, John Coveny and Johnson, A&E announced..
The drama, about a widowed sheriff in Absaroka County, Wyo., has been granted a 10 episode order.
Michell Howard, who manages the Wyoming Film Office, said the series pilot was filmed in New Mexico and likely will continue there since Wyoming doesn't have sound stages and enough established TV production crews.
However, during a June tour of northwestern Wyoming, Howard said the show's producer, Chris Donahue, was interested in using Wyoming backgrounds for various footage for the program
Johnson, who lives in Ucross, had his most recent book, “Hell is Empty,” made the New York Times Bestsellers’ List. He also has received high praise for his other novels: “The Cold Dish,” “Death Without Company,” “Kindness Goes Unpunished,” “Another Man’s Moccasins," “The Dark Horse" and "Junkyard Dogs.”
He will be at upcoming book/author events in Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, West Virginia, Texas and France.
On the web: http://craigallenjohnson.com
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