Baton Rouge is about to transition to East Texas in the 1980s with the help of some movie magic, of course.
The Sundance Channel is in town to shoot a pilot and six episodes for the upcoming television show “Hap & Leonard,” based on a Joe Lansdale series of novels. The show will follow two best friends — one a white working-class man, the other a black, gay military veteran — as they try to stay out of trouble.
The Sundance Channel is owned and operated by AMC Networks, which is known for the successful shows “The Walking Dead,” “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.”
AMC Network officials hope to set up a production office in vacant space in the old Woman’s Hospital on Airline Highway. The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council will vote next week on whether to allow the production officials to work out of the old hospital.
Mayor-President Kip Holden and the Baton Rouge Film Commission have been working for two years to land the series and proposed allowing the use of the hospital space, according to a news release issued by Holden’s office.
The Baton Rouge Police Department relocated its administrative headquarters to the former Woman’s Hospital last year and it’s being transformed
Jim Mickle will direct the “Hap & Leonard” television show, which could become a recurring series.