American distiller and businessman Jack Daniel is getting the small screen treatment as WGN America is in the works on BLOOD AND WHISKEY. The drama is based on the life of Daniel and will star Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul.
The series is adapted from Blood and Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel, the biography written by Peter Krass’, and tells the harrowing true tale of Jack Daniel (Paul), boy distiller, teenage moonshiner and the outlaw who built the world’s biggest whiskey empire out of the ashes of the Civil War.
Andrew Colville is writing and will executive produce alongside Stan Spry, Jeff Holland, Zack Breckman, and Paul.
The project extends WGN America’s focus on exploring American history and contemporary life and the many voices that reside here. They previously found critical acclaim with the series Manhattan but were unable to attract large audiences and was canceled after two seasons. They found more success last year with the premieres of Civil War-era Underground and the Appalachian-set Outsiders. Blood and Whiskey has the potential to pair well with Outsiders with both depicting middle America.
Discovery found success with Harley and the Davidsons, set in Wisconsin towards the end of the 19th century, and follows the creation of the Harley motorcycle brand. Blood and Whiskey‘s story, set in Tennessee at the beginning of the 19th century with similar all-American and male focus taps into similar nostalgic audiences.
Colville’s previous television credits include AMC’s Turn, Mad Men, and Lone Star. He is currently in development with AMC on Bone Wars.
Paul currently stars on The Path on Hulu and is best known for starring with Bryan Cranston on Breaking Bad.
Emily J | Staff Writer