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In the Works: James Gray to Direct First Episode of New Sundance Channel Original Series 'The Red Road'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 25, 2013 at 11:18AM

The Sundance Channel has announced that director James Gray ("The Immigrant," "Two Lovers") will helm the first episode of the network's next original scripted series, police drama "The Red Road." Jason Mamoa ("Game of Thrones") was recently cast in one of the two lead roles.
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James Gray
James Gray

The Sundance Channel has announced that director James Gray ("The Immigrant," "Two Lovers") will helm the first episode of the network's next original scripted series, police drama "The Red Road." Jason Mamoa ("Game of Thrones") was recently cast in one of the two lead roles.

"The Red Road" has been picked up for six one-hour episodes; it is the second wholly owned original scripted series by the Sundance Channel, after "Rectify," which debuted to strong reviews this past spring and is set for a second season in 2014.

Here's a more detailed synopsis:

The Red Road is a hard-hitting drama that revolves around a local cop struggling to keep his family together while simultaneously policing two clashing communities: the small town where he grew up and the neighboring Ramapo Mountains, home of the Ramapo Mountain Indians.  After a terrible tragedy and coverup occurs involving the cop’s wife, an unholy alliance is forged between the cop and Phillip Kopus (played by Momoa), a dangerous member of the tribe that will come back to haunt all involved.

The Sundance Channel recently received ten Emmy nominations, for miniseries "Top of the Lake," which Jane Campion co-wrote and directed in part, and "Restless."   

Gray's "The Immigrant," starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, premiered at Cannes in May to mixed reviews; no stateside release date has been set.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.