Q: What are three words you would use to describe HAP AND LEONARD?
A: Unpredictable, funny and explosive.
Q: What kind of obstacles will Hap and Leonard face?
A:First and foremost, they have to find the money. It’s at the bottom of a river. Early on in our season, they can’t even find the river, which shows you what kind of adventures these guys go on. In one sense, it’s Hap returning to his home base, the town that he grew up in. He’s waking up some ghosts along the way from his past, but he’s also trying to fend off his bad habit of falling in and out of love with the wrong woman over and over again. Along the way, they’re going to be scuba diving. They’re going to be fending off alligators. There are a number of odd figures that they will cross paths with. And there will definitely be some gun fighting… It’s a mixed bag of just about everything.
Jim Mickle on the set of HAP AND LEONARD
Q: What do you think viewers will find special about this series?
A: What’s unique about the show is that we introduce a lot of unpredictable plot twists that I don’t think traditional television series generally do. We are able to tell a much faster-paced story. We’re able to keep the point of view very narrow, which I like. A lot of times, television has to introduce a lot of characters to sustain itself. We came in very early on saying we didn’t want to do that kind of story. We didn’t want to do the multithreaded character drama. This is pulp storytelling. There’s an inciting incident at the beginning of the series, and events unfold based off that. I think that allowed us to take directions in the plot and create characterizations that are just a little bit different than stock television.
Read the rest of the interview with Mickle at SUNDANCETV.
Also coming soon are two new collections featuring the dynamic duo:
First look at James Purefoy and Michael K. Williams as Joe R. Lansdale’s Hap and Leonard
Yahoo TV reveals the long awaited first image of James Purefoy and Michael K. Williams as Hap and Leonard.
It stars THE WIRE and BOARDWALK EMPIRE alum
Michael K. Williams as a hot-tempered, gay Vietnam vet who helps
solve crimes with his ex-convict BFF (THE FOLLOWING’s James
Purefoy) and the BFF’s ex-wife, played by MAD MEN alum
Christina Hendricks? How soon can we binge-watch it?
As this exclusive Yahoo TV first look at a photo from Sundance
TV’s upcoming HAP AND LEONARD drama illustrates, that
fine cast will unspool a “darkly comic swamp noir story” with a
strong country vibe. Set in a small Texas town in the 1980s, the
series is based on a series of novels and novellas by author Joe R.
Lansdale, whose Hap Collins and Leonard Pine will also star in a
series of graphic novels that will be released later this year.
Also coming in March 2016 from Tachyon is HAP AND LEONARD, a collection of the finest Joe R. Lansdale short stories featuring the not-so-dynamic East Texas duo.