HISTORY’s ‘Texas Rising,’ Roland Joffé Directed TV Miniseries Comes Memorial Day 2015

The year is 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth.

Crushed from the outside by Mexican armadas and attacked from within by ferocious Comanche tribes – no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the cruel rule of the Mexican General Santa Anna.

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Sam Houston, from Wikicommons

The heroic General Sam Houston, the rag tag Rangers and the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas,” lead this story of the human will to win against insurmountable odds. At the end, the Texas flags stood tall and victorious, claiming a piece of history for all eternity.

In the course of his life, Houston had three wives, practiced three different religions and died in Huntsville, Texas at the Steamboat house in 1863.

Producers of Hatfields & McCoys are turning their talents to Texas, notably the story of the rise of the Texas Rangers in an 8 hour event coming  in 2015 on HISTORY.

“Texas Rising” will premieres Memorial Day 2015.

HISTORY’s eight-hour television event series will premiere Memorial Day 2015, it was announced today by Dirk Hoogstra, Executive Vice President and General Manager, HISTORY & H2. The series will detail the Texas Revolution and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers.

“We’re ecstatic with what we’ve seen so far from production,” said Hoogstra, “I can’t think of a better way to kick off summer than with a big television event that’s sure to resonate with our fans.”

TEXAS RISING is produced by A+E Studios and ITV Studios America in association with Thinkfactory Media for HISTORY. Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys) is executive producer.

Two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé is directing with an all-star cast including Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Crispin Glover, Rhys Coiro, Jeremy Davies, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Christopher McDonald, Max Thieriot, Chad Michael Murray, Robert Knepper, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow and Kris Kristofferson.

TEXAS RISING is produced by A+E Studios and ITV Studios America in association with Thinkfactory Media for HISTORY. Leslie Greif serves as executive producer for Thinkfactory Media. Dirk Hoogstra, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Julian P. Hobbs serve as executives in charge of production for HISTORY.

 

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