"The triumph of the human spirit is our biggest theme as a show, and Bass embodies that," Feehan told Newsweek. "He became arguably the greatest lawman in this country's history by overcoming unimaginable circumstances and unimaginable horrors."
When I was younger, I had heard tales about Bass. They resembled those legendary tales of law enforcement. I fell in love with the idea of joining David on this adventure when he helped me understand how the myth connected to and diverged from reality, according to Feehan in an interview with Tusla World.
"It dawned on David and me that we truly wanted to tell a story about the human spirit—about the triumph," he continued. "And, to be honest, neither Bass Reeves nor David Oyelowo better exemplify that idea in my opinion."
Alongside Lauren E. Banks, Demi Singleton, Forrest Goodluck, Barry Pepper, Grantham Coleman, Donald Sutherland, Dennis Quaid, Shea Whigham, Garrett Hedlund, Joaquina Kalukango, Lonnie Chavis, Tosin Morohunfola, Dale Dickey, Rob Morgan, Ryan O'Nan, Margot Bingham, Mo Brings Plenty, Justin Hurtt-Dunkley, and Bill Dawes, Oyelowo is also an executive producer on the film.
The first two episodes of "Lawmen: Bass Reeves" aired exclusively in the United States onParamount+ on November 5.
We chatted with Marcano, one of the show's directors, about his relationship to the original material and the most thrilling parts of adapting historical scenes and events for the small screen.