Nacogdoches storyteller to premiere TV adaptation of 'Hap and Leonard'

Nacogdoches storyteller to premiere TV adaptation of 'Hap and Leonard'
(Source: Sundance)
(Source: Sundance)
(Source: Sundance)
(Source: Sundance)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Sweaty, frightening, and exciting is the description Nacogdoches writer, Joe Lansdale, gives his brand new six-hour series. It's based on the "Hap and Leonard" novels and is hitting the big screens Wednesday night! The Southern-noir author talked about the premiere.

The riveting tale of a white anti-war activist and a gay black Vietnam vet is flying from the pages of a book to the Sundance Network on your TV screens.

"There are things you can do in the book that you cannot do in the film, but I would say it's very, very close. People who are fans of the books, I don't think they will be disappointed at all," Lansdale said.

It's based right here in East Texas in the 1980s. Hap is played by "Rome" star, James Purefoy, and "Leonard" is brought to life by Michael Kenneth Williams. He's famous for his role in HBO series "The Wire."

"Everyone in it is just fantastic!" Lansdale said.

Desperate for a break from low-end jobs, the duo dives into a get-rich-quick escapade encouraged by Hap's ex-wife. Lansdale said the ride has been well worth it.

"There are a lot of people involved, so there's a lot of back and forth trading this trading that. Believe me it was tedious," Lansdale said.

What can you expect from the series?

"Sweaty, frightening, and exciting," Lansdale said.

Lansdale said the characters Hap and Leonard continued to speak to him throughout his artistic endeavors. For that reason, soon after came the series, and now the adaptation.

"One of the main things about film is the most unique thing you have to have is stamina, a vision and stamina," Lansdale said.

Lansdale hopes for an adaptation of the second book in the series, Mucho Mojo. Until then, he modestly thanks his muse.

"I'm not that big of a star. I'm someone who does his work. I'm proud of what I do," Lansdale said.

Hap and Leonard premieres on Sundance Network tonight at  9 a.m. Episodes are also available on AMC online the day after they air.

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