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New ‘Joe Pickett’ TV series based on Wyoming author C.J. Box novels to begin production

Wyoming author C.J. Box poses with fans during a signing for his lates book, “Long Range,” on Monday, March 9, 2020, at Frontier Brewing Company in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

A new TV series adapted from Wyoming author C.J. Box’s popular novels will start production soon.

Box announced the development of this series last year during a book signing in Casper, where he also announced the production of the ABC series “Big Sky,” which is also based on his novels.

According to Deadline, Spectrum Originals has ordered 10 episodes of “Joe Pickett,” which will be a one-hour drama based on Box’s bestselling novels.

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The new series will start production soon in Calgary, Canada, according to Deadline.

New Zealand born actor and musician Michael Dorman has been hired to play the lead role. The series will be produced by “Waco” creators John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle, along with Paramount Television Studios and Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher’s Red Wagon Entertainment, said Deadline.

“We’ve been teasing this for months but here it is,” said Box on Twitter today with the attached Deadline story, adding “and we couldn’t be more pleased.” Box will serve as an executive producer.

The series, which will follow the Joe Pickett game warden character and his family in a fictional small Wyoming town.

“Surrounded by rich history and vast wildlife, the township hides decades of schemes and secrets that are yet to be uncovered,” said a blurb in the article.

It’s the second TV series to be produced from Box’s novels, the first being the successful run of “Big Sky” on the ABC network.