Even if Sundance's hip, indie cinephile smugness can get a bit obnoxious, you can't say the media organization Robert Redford founded is afraid to take risks.
Who else would produce a drama about a fictional leader of the National Rifle Association who is losing his grip? The Sundance Channel is developing Cold Dead Hands, a "family drama" set amid America's roiling debate over gun rights after reeling from a series of mass murders.
Producer Tony Krantz promised the show won't be a gun control propaganda piece.
"The debate over gun violence and gun rights has many sides, and in order to help protect lives, promote gun safety and build a national consensus on the issues, we want to respect and understand all sides of this story,” Krantz said.
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Krantz, being a denizen of Hollywood (he produced NBC's Dracula—about another controversial figure), apparently doesn't know that any discussion of gun rights' "many sides" will be seen by gun advocates as an attack on the U.S. Constitution. Even though Sundance is rooted in Utah, I doubt "Cold Dead Hands" is going to be a flag-waving celebrtation of the NRA or hagiography of Chuck Heston (whom myth has it, brought us both the Ten Commandments and the Second Amendment)—let alone Wayne LaPierre. Just a guess.
One sentence plot summary: The world and faith of fictional NRA chieftain "Trip" Thibodeaux who's "world spins out of control." Thibodeaux is presented as not only the nation's most powerful gun-rights advocate, but in bed with the gun industry.
Cold Dead Hands is being written and produced by LA Times journalist and TV writer Scott Gold (CBS's Under the Dome).
No word yet on whether Ted Nugent will play Thibodeaux.