The History channel has a new miniseries event coming on Memorial Day this year called, Texas Rising. The network will be offering the series event, as an eight hour special airing in a theatrical format known as the CinemaScope wide screen. In order to get as much detail and information into each frame, the program was even filmed in what is known as 6k digital format. With an all star cast of talent and an educational story that encompasses not only the Texas Revolution, but also the rise of the Texas Rangers, Texas Rising is set to be another epic miniseries event from the channel which also brought to life the Vikings and Hatfields & McCoys.
Roland Joffé, the director for Texas Rising, called westerns, romances that have a focus on the people in a vast and encompassing landscape. By using the CinemaScope technology, Joffé says that people will witness an event that will be an exciting and enriched cinematic experience. He believes that this type of recording is perfect for westerns, as it enhances the manner in which the stories are told.
What happened at the Alamo is not the end of the story, and instead is easily just the beginning of an epic tale. On Memorial Day, the History Channel brings the world Texas Rising, the continuation of the story of what happens when the people fight to gain independence for Texas and themselves.
The year is 1836, and the Wild West was considered to be anything that was past the Mississippi to the west. At the time, Texas was considered to be a “hell on earth.” As different cultures collided in a fight for the territory, not a single person was thought to be safe. Instead, this was a time where bravery was important, and being willing to die for beliefs was paramount. It was a time when people had to stand tall in the face of adversity, including against those such as Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the Mexican General.
Texas Rising tells the story of not only General Sam Houston, but also the men that became the Texas Rangers, plus the “legendary Yellow Rose of Texas,” as they make a stand for freedom. This is their story as they fight a battle described as insurmountable, while attempting to claim not only the land, but history as well. In the end, victory came at a high price, but the flag of Texas flew high.
With an Oscar nominated director leading the charge, plus an all-star cast that is truly a who’s who of talent, the series is poised to make a statement. The star-studded miniseries includes, Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta, Chad Michael Murray, Brendan Fraser, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Thomas Jane, Olivier Martinez, Kris Kristofferson and Crispin Glover, among others.
The History channel’s presentation of Texas Rising, is set to premiere on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015. This is just in time for a holiday dedicated to the commemoration of the many women and men who have died in service to the United States.
By Kimberley Spinney
History Channel Press Releases
Featured Photo by Carlos Somonte – Courtesy of the History Channel
Secondary Photo by Prashant Gupta – Courtesy of the History Channel