Barkskins (TV series)

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Created byElwood Reid
Based onBarkskins
by Annie Proulx
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
Original networkNational Geographic

Barkskins is an upcoming American drama television series, based on the novel of the same name by Annie Proulx, that is set to premiere on National Geographic.


Barkskins chronicles "the deforestation of the New World from the arrival of Europeans into the contemporary era of global warming through the stories of two immigrants to New France, René Sel and Charles Duquet, who work as wood-cutters — barkskins — and of their descendants."[1]


On January 6, 2016, it was announced during the Television Critics Association's annual winter press tour that National Geographic had partnered with Scott Rudin Productions to option the screen rights to Annie Proulx's then-forthcoming novel Barkskins.[2]

On December 3, 2018, it was reported that National Geographic had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was created by Elwood Reid who was also expected to executive produce alongside Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, and Garrett Basch. Additional production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Fox 21 Television Studios.[3] On February 10, 2019, it was announced that David Slade would direct the pilot episode of the series and serve as an executive producer.[1]


  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie; Haring, Bruce (February 10, 2019). "David Slade To Direct & Executive Produce 'Barkskins' Nat Geo Series – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  2. ^ Petski, Denise (January 7, 2016). "Nat Geo's 'StarTalk' Renewed, Projects From Scott Rudin, Sebastian Junger & More — TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 3, 2018). "National Geographic Orders 'Barkskins' Scripted Series Based On Book From Elwood Reid, Scott Rudin Prods. & Fox 21". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 10, 2019.