Leonardo DiCaprio Producing History Documentary Series ‘Frontiersmen’

Elizabeth Wagmeister
Variety

History has greenlit an eight-part documentary series from executive producer Leonardo DiCaprioVariety has learned.

“Frontiersmen” will follow stories of iconic pioneers, including Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, Tecumseh, Davy Crocket and Andrew Jackson as they set forth across untamed land. The series will span across the first 75 years from the post-revolutionary war colonies through the California Gold Rush, highlighting a formative period in U.S. history that helped shape us from colonists into today’s Americans.

“During these years, America went from the opportunity of land to the land of opportunity and it was a bloody struggle throughout,” said Paul Cabana, History’s EVP and head of programming. “From Crockett to Boone, we’ll tell the bold stories of these adventurous trailblazers who explored the uncharted wilderness and became the icons we know today.”

DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions is behind the docuseries, along with Stephen David Entertainment. DiCaprio and his producing partner Jennifer Davisson will exec produce with Stephan David, plus Kristen Burns and Russ McCarroll who are exec producers for History. A+E Networks holds the worldwide distribution rights.

For Appian Way Prods., “Frontiersman” marks the latest television project for DiCaprio’s banner. Last fall, the company put a scripted project about the 1980’s mafia into development at Showtime. They also optioned the rights for a TV series to Simon Toyne’s novel “The Searcher” along with with Entertainment One. On the film side, the banner has many projects in the works and recently signed a deal with Paramount Pictures, after years at Warner Bros. The company also inked a deal with Netflix for documentaries. Appian Way was behind “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Revenant” in which DiCaprio starred and won his first Oscar.

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