About a week ago The History Channel broke all kinds of ratings records with its three-part, historical miniseries, Hatfields & McCoys. The surprisingly good miniseries, which starred Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton, brought in 13.9 million viewers for its premiere. This makes Hatfields & McCoys the highest rated basic cable (non-sports) show of all time. The show maintained its impressive audience for the second and third parts.
The television industry is a copycat league, so its not a huge shock that another network would try to jump on the historical family feud gravy train. According to a Deadline report, NBC is in the process of purchasing a modern-day re-imagining of the Hatfields and McCoys story.
"The project, which has a significant penalty attached to it, reignites the centuries-old family feud in a contemporary urban setting. The Hatfields have risen to incredible wealth and power, while the McCoys are working-class," the Deadline story reports.
Not to be outdone by the History Channel and Kevin Costner, NBC's modern-day Hatfields and McCoys show boasts some serious star power of its own. Charlize Theron will be a producer on the project.
The show was created by John Glenn, who wrote the screenplay for the 2008 film Eagle Eye.