Vikings creator Michael Hirst opens up about his fascination with history and explains why his latest project, Billy the Kid, isn’t the western drama you might expect.
From feature films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age to series including The Tudors, Camelot and Vikings, Michael Hirst has enjoyed a stellar career creating drama from history.
His latest series, Billy the Kid, is inspired by his own childhood fascination with the famous outlaw. It tells the story of Billy, also known as William H Bonney, from his humble Irish roots to his beginnings as a cowboy and bounty hunter in the American West.
As Billy the Kid enjoys its world premiere at French television Festival Series Mania, Hirst discusses his approach to writing history-based drama, how period costumes and settings can just be dressing for highly contemporary stories and why Billy the Kid isn’t the story viewers will expect to see.
Billy the Kid is produced by Epix Studios and MGM International Studios for US premium cable channel Epix, in association with Nordic streamer Viaplay. It is distributed by MGM.