Discovery has gold fever. The network, which found success in the reality series "Gold Rush," is heading back to the mine once more. The series announced that it is doing its first ever scripted miniseries, 'Klondike,' which will be based on the Charlotte Gray novel "Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike."
“We’ve been developing scripted for some time, but wanted to find the perfect fit. When we read Gold Diggers, we knew we finally found it,” said Discovery and TLC Networks group president Eileen O’Neill. “Discovery created and owns the ‘gold’ narrative with several of our hit series and we’re elated to partner with Scott Free Television and eOne Television on a subject we know so well as our first, scripted project.”
The book is set in the 1890s and focuses on six people trying to strike it rich (and survive) in the frontier town.
"Klondike was the last great gold rush; one which triggered a flood of prospectors ill-equipped, emotionally or otherwise, for the extreme and grueling conditions of the remote Yukon wilderness," said Scott Free's Ridley Scott, " The personal adventures are as epic as the landscape, where ambition, greed, sex and murder, as well as their extraordinary efforts to literally strike it rich, are all chronicled by a young Jack London himself."
Filming on the series begins in March in Alberta, Canada.