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Sundance Channel to turn a Nacogdoches author's book collection into TV series

Lansdale will work as the co-executive producer on the show (Source: KTRE Staff) Lansdale will work as the co-executive producer on the show (Source: KTRE Staff)
Hap and Leonard are featured in several novels (Source: KTRE Staff) Hap and Leonard are featured in several novels (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - An unlikely, crime fighting, East Texas duo is about to hit the small screen thanks to the brain of one Nacogdoches writer.

The book series, which has been written over a 20 year period by Cold in July author Joe Lansdale, will be featured next fall on the Sundance Channel, which is owned by AMC Networks.

“The books have been auctioned before, but recently I was approached about doing a series for the Sundance Channel and I thought, ‘okay,' and they had the right people and Jim Mickle, who directed the Cold in July film,” said Lansdale. “They also had the same screenwriter and I'm co-executive producer so I get some say in this. If all goes well, it should come out next fall.”

The series features the fictional characters, Hap and Leonard, who currently star in eight novels, two novellas, and one collection of stories and excerpts.

Hap Collins is a white, working class laborer who has spent time in federal prison after refusing to be drafted into the military and serve in the Vietnam War. His unlikely best friend is Leonard Pine, a black, Vietnam veteran who has a bit of a temper problem. Both characters use their skills in martial arts to help fight crime in their East Texas town.

“They've had a lot of people that they have talked about, but what they are doing right now is getting all the episodes for the season written,”said Lansdale. “I've seen the first episode, you know, the script. It looks really good and they are based on my novels. Each season is supposed to be one of my novels or at least that's the plan.”

Jim Mickle will be joined by Nick Damici, who also worked on the Cold in July film.

“It's always exciting. The thing's that [are] most exciting is to write the works itself, and the short stories. I've started working and producing films and screenplays so it's all interesting,” said Lansdale.“But yeah, it's exciting. Everything in life, for me, has been pretty exciting.”

Lansdale has several other film and movie adaption projects in the process, he said, and is looking forward to sharing more about those projects as they get developed.

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