Coming to the History Channel Memorial Day 2015
Credited as a “Co-Producer” on A&E/History’s 8-hour mini-series, TEXAS RISING, Wilkinson first came on board the project as a “historical consultant”. Two weeks later, he became heavily involved in co-writing the script (with Leslie Grief and Darrell K. Fetty). Wilkinson will also appear with Bill Paxton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, H.W. Brands, and many others in the companion documentary–tentatively entitled “The True Story of Texas Rising”.
About TEXAS RISING
From the same team that brought us the multiple Emmy Award-winning and ratings-record breaking HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, TEXAS RISING is an 8-hour miniseries inspired by the Texas Revolution and the contribution of the first generation of the mythic Texas Rangers. Texas Rising stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Crispin Glover, Rhys Coiro, Jeremy Davies, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Christopher McDonald, Max Thieriot, Chad Michael Murray, Trevor Donovan, Robert Knepper, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow and Kris Kristofferson, and is directed by two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields, The Mission).
In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. Crushed from the outside by Mexican armadas and attacked from within by ferocious Comanche tribes—no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the cruel rule of the Mexican General Santa Anna (Martinez). The heroic General Sam Houston (Paxton), the rag tag Rangers and the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas” lead this story of the human will to win against insurmountable odds. At the end, the Texas flags stood tall and victorious, claiming a piece of history for all eternity.