Executive Producer Emily Andras tells all about Wild West mashup Wynonna Earp
Demon hunter Wynonna Earp is moving from comics to telly.
Move over Ash, the Winchester brothers stand down... There’s a new gunslinging demon hunter in town and her name is Wynonna Earp.
Based on IDW Publishing’s comic of the same name, the new TV series from Syfy finds Wyatt Earp’s great granddaughter working as a member of a covert division of the US Marshals created to combat all the things that go bump in the night. When Wynonna, played by Melanie Scrofano, returns to her hometown of Purgatory, she must confront her past, family legacy and the supernatural.
“With so many people who have a take- no-crap attitude, there’s often a tragedy that it’s covering,” says executive producer Emily Andras. “Wynonna is a person who did not get to choose her own fate and has made some terrible choices. There’s also something really interesting about being the descendant of a hero. If you, yourself, are not naturally heroic, that name can be both a blessing and a curse.”
Wynonna and her dysfunctional posse – which includes Doc Holliday ( Tim Rozon), Agent Dolls ( Shamier Anderson), and her younger sister, Waverly ( Dominique Provost-Chalkley) – frequently come into conflict with the Revenants. This bunch of redneck ghouls are stuck in Purgatory and decide to raise a little hell to pass the time. In addition, they share a personal connection with Wynonna’s legendary ancestor, which brands her a target.
“It turns out that these demons are every single outlaw that Wyatt Earp ever put down,” explains Andras. “Through some very strange circumstances, both Wyatt Earp and these poor suckers that he killed have been cursed. They literally have a curse put on them where they resurrect over and over again. They are forced to battle each other in this never- ending cycle of violence.
“The only way to end it is either for the Earp heir to kill all the demons or for the demons to figure out a way to escape their earthly prison,” continues Andras. “They are bound within a very specific area, so they can’t actually leave. And, like many criminals, some of them want to kill Wynonna or the Earp family. Others want her to stay out of their way so they can pursue their criminal enterprises.”
Andras describes the show as “Justified meets Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, which immediately evokes images of Wild West shenanigans, shootouts, strong women and paranormal mayhem. Indeed, the recent promos promise Wynonna Earp will deliver in all those departments, especially the action.
“For the fight scenes, we really wanted it to look both kickass and fun and have a certain tone,” says Andras. “We wanted to take it
seriously, but we also wanted to make it darkly comic. I really wanted it to be more like a Robert Rodriguez movie. Personally, I’ve never done a show with so much action. As soon as you have people firing guns at one another, it’s a whole different level of commitment. I can’t speak highly enough about our stunt coordinator, Steve McMichael, who worked on
The Hobbit. The action for this is extraordinary and I’d say we’re definitely batting above our pay grade, which makes me really happy.”
Season one of Wynonna Earp premieres on Syfy in the US on 1 April with a UK airdate TBC.
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