Charlize Theron developing modern 'Hatfields & McCoys'
June 8th, 2012
04:45 PM ET

Charlize Theron developing modern 'Hatfields & McCoys'

Considering what a ratings bonanza those fighting "Hatfields & McCoys" were on the History Channel, it's not surprising that another network is trying to get a piece of that success.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Charlize Theron is working with NBC to develop a more modern version of the infamously feuding families.

Rather than star, the "Snow White and the Huntsman" actress is attached to serve as a producer on the TV project. It's unclear how the story will get a "modern" take, but it's likely a sure bet that viewers would be curious.

When the History Channel aired its TV miniseries at the end of May, it set records. The first night brought in 13.9 million viewers, making it "the No. 1 non-sports telecast in ad-supported cable history," according to the network.

But viewership was only going up from there. By night three, the final installment of "The Hatfields & McCoys" was watched by 14.3 million, beating History Channel's just-made record.

So yes, we can see why NBC snapped a "Hatfields & McCoys" story, modern or not, right on up.


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  1. CDPF

    There is a new family feud coming on TV: Dallas. Let the Ewing and the Barnes family feud begin...woo hoo! Eat your heart Hatfields and the McCoys!

    June 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PJ

    I enjoyed the mini series. I think Kevin Costner did a good job starring in and getting it done! Bill Paxton was great! Good job!

    June 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • CDPF

      I thought both actors who play patriarchs on the miniseries was fantastic. One of the guys who played Johnsy Hatfield (for a minute there, I thought it was Ryan Gosling at first) was a great young and scrappy stud Hatfield character.

      June 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. havetocomment

    Interesting but one SSSSSLLLOOOOWWWW Show. Could have cut to it much quicker and mad it more palatable.

    June 11, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. havetocomment

    Interesting but a SSSSSLLLOOOOWWWW Show. Could have cut to it much quicker and mad it more palatable.

    June 11, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. @queenbee10

    Why do you need to bring the race card in all your comments?

    June 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poshner

      Race card?They brought that thing up with this bullsh!t,hey where the black people at?Did Ernest T.Bass turn them into goober peas?

      June 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. queenbee10

    What are the odds that when hunger games cast the black girl to play a part that many felt a white blond should play–the same people defending this were angry at the director for casting her?

    Wonder the reaction if hollywood were to hire only minorities then digitally correct their images to resemble whites–how you would feel? Uh huh.

    The dwarves need the work–It is not as if they can compete equally for acting jobs with other people.

    June 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Basil Fawlty

      You do realize that both Rue and Thresh (the Tributes from District 11) were described in the book as having brown skin and dark hair? Rue is described on page 98 as having "satiny brown skin".

      June 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • brathead

      You idiot. This was based off of a true story, whites were selected to play white roles. You didn't see anyone saying anything when they selected Denzel to play Malcom X did you? Why because Malcolm X was african american. THE HATFIELDS & MCCOYS WERE WHITE HILLBILLIES. Geez people get over yourselves.

      June 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. OBSERVER

    WHO CARES

    June 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Daffy Duck

    Dethpicable! Red necks running around without their teeth, not showering and smelling really bad.

    June 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. boop

    I enjoyed the miniseries myself.

    June 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    That's not the way my grandfather said it went down. Historians wanted to interview him, but he refused, because he said they would twist it to suit themselves. But they did get the part right about the pig.

    June 9, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Leon David Peris

    No but it is close!

    June 9, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. Michael Caliazzo

    is this the real McCoy?

    June 9, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      You are living proof that the internet is where the worst wannabe comedians come to die.

      June 10, 2012 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. KM

    As a very distant cousin of the Vance/Hatfield families I thought the portrayal in the miniseries was compelling. It was certainly a unique experience to see on TV something my grandma told me her grandpa told her as a child.

    June 9, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. Central Scrutinizer

    Hey I know... set it in L.A. call it "The Crips & the Bloods".

    June 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |

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