LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Fans of "Hap and Leonard," the SundanceTV series based on the book series by Nacogdoches author Joe R. Lansdale will get a second helping of the darkly comic show.
On Tuesday, SundanceTV announced that "Hap and Leonard" will be back for a second season. The show will return for six episodes in 2017.
"We're thrilled to be bringing 'Hap and Leonard' back for another season with these completely unique characters," Joel Stillerman, the president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV said in a post on the networks's internet page. "James, Michael and the creative and production team did a superb job bringing Joe Lansdale's characters to life in Season 1, and Sundance viewers responded accordingly. We can't wait to see what the boys get up to in Season 2."
The series focuses on two lifelong best friends, Hap Collins (James Purefoy) and Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams) and is set in Deep East Texas. Collins is a former anti-war activist "with a weakness for Southern women" and Pine is a "gay, black Vietnam vet with a hot temper."
The first season followed the events in Lansdale's first "Hap and Leonard" novel, 'Savage Season." According to SundanceTV, the second season of the show will take its inspiration from "Mucho Mojo," the second book in the series.
The SundanceTV post quoted "TV Guide," which described the show as a "terrifically offbeat caper."
Lansdale is listed as a co-executive producer on the TV series.
"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," Lansdale said in an interview with East Texas News back in March. "People who are fans of the books, I don't think they will be disappointed at all."
Lansdale described the series as "sweaty, frightening, and exciting." He also said everyone in the show is "fantastic."