Kurt Russell Offers More Details About the Ambitious TV Show Show He's Making With Mel Gibson

Kurt Russell Offers More Details About the Ambitious TV Show Show He's Making With Mel Gibson

Sep 14, 2016

Kurt Russell is having a bit of a moment.

Last year he stole scene after scene in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, and next year he'll officially join the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a major role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Before that, though, he stars as a gutsy installation manager in this month's excellent Deepwater Horizon, based on the real-life explosion that lead to the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Eleven heroic men and women died due to that explosion, and Russell -- along with Mark Wahlberg, Gina Rodriguez and director Peter Berg -- are among those tasked with telling their story.

But what's next for Russell? In a wide-ranging interview that covered everything from The Thing to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to the future of storytelling, Russell told us more about a new project he's working on with his family and Mel Gibson that could bring him back to television for the first time in years.

"I'm fooling right now with a project that was brought to me from my daughter Kate [Hudson], who had been approached by her two brothers, my two boys", he said. "It's a great arena -- it turns out Mel Gibson was interested in the same arena. So we all started talking about it, and it's a longform TV series."

The project, initially announced back in April, will see Gibson direct, with Russell, Hudson and most likely Wyatt Russell starring.

"It's about the birth of San Francisco" he said. "The template for it is this book called The Barbary Coast, which was written by Herbert Asbury, who wrote the book The Gangs of New York. It's a fascinating story with fascinating characters, and it's a good template. You don't follow it necessarily, but it's a good template."

The actor admits TV is where the money is right now, and while he's not necessarily interested in playing the same character over the course of several movies, he is very interested in the possibilities afforded to him when it comes to longform storytelling on the small screen.


"To me, that's somehow rings a bell that I get," he said. "So [unlike a movie] where you only have two hours to tell a story and get Machiavellian and find out about a character or characters, you've got all the time in the world. You can do what I enjoyed so much with Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones, which I'm just starting to watch. When I saw this, I thought this is a great arena for that. I think longform storytelling is fascinating because you can get 360-degrees of a character, and there's no place else you can really do that like in that long form."

We'll have much more with Russell throughout the month as we inch closer to the September 30 release Deepwater Horizon, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this week to much acclaim



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