But it's just so American!
August 6, 2011 1:41 PM Subscribe
AMC's Hell on Wheels
is an upcoming series created by Joe and Tony Gayton, centered around the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Joe: "I think what a lot of people think of
when they think about the Transcontinental Railroad is the contribution of the Chinese immigrants.
" "But, it’s just so American". So the show focuses on railroad construction from the East, and the Chinese laborers story? They "ended up getting excised
Unable to flat out say something like "Everyone felt very strongly that we needed a white character or a part-white, part-Indian character to carry a contemporary white audience through this project
" (a writer who adopted a Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee for HBO films), the Gaytons stumbled through trying to explain it in any other way possible
“And just, budget-wise and time-wise…we could really only concentrate on one side of [the railroad building], and that’s probably why we, you know, that’s why we chose the [emanating from the East Coast] Union Pacific as opposed to the [emanating from the West Coast] Central Pacific.”
“The genesis of the railroad started in the East,”
“It was Abraham Lincoln’s idea, and we’ve likened it to JFK, you know, saying, ‘We are going to make the we are going to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade’.”
“And it was very similar. So it just seemed a good starting point.”
But, he promised, “The Central Pacific will be a hint in the show. I mean, we will know that they are out there, building.”