History Channel has "Jamestown" mini-series in development

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The cable network is teaming with former Hell on Wheels executive producer John Shiban to develop Jamestown (working title), a miniseries exploring the new colony.

Inspired by Benjamin Woolley's 2007 book Savage Kingdom: The True Story of Jamestown, 1607, and the Settlement of America, the miniseries will explore the true story of the beginnings of America and follow the dreamers and schemers who settled in the new colony of Jamestown. It evokes a stirring epic time in American history, with all its greed, gore and glory.

Shiban is on board the pen the project and executive produce alongside Head First Productions' Jim Head (Sleepwalk With Me).

For History, Jamestown (working title) becomes the cabler's latest miniseries in the works following Emmy darling Hatfields & McCoys and The Bible. The network this week announced it was developing Halle Berry-produced mini Hannibal, based on famed military commander Hannibal Barca as well as Sons of Liberty, a Revolutionary War mini, among others. History also has a Roots reboot in the works and has already ordered four-hour mini Houdini.