Waco, a star-studded miniseries about the notorious 1993 standoff between the Branch Davidian sect and federal authorities, will soon begin filming in Santa Fe County.
Dustin Dellavecchia, an assistant production coordinator, said the six-episode series was in preproduction at Santa Fe Studios. Local film industry sources said producers have begun scouting exterior county locations, as well.
Dellavecchia said he could not provide more information about when Waco would start principal photography or how many crewmembers it would hire.
The New York City-based Weinstein Co., producing the show, did not respond to a request for comment.
Taylor Kitsch (Left) and David Koresh (Right)
Waco will star Taylor Kitsch as David Koresh, leader of the Branch Davidians, and Michael Shannon as FBI negotiator Gary Noesner.
Shannon, a supporting-actor nominee at the recent Academy Awards, filmed the Afghanistan war drama Horse Soldiers in Southern New Mexico in the fall. Kitsch is part of the ensemble cast of Granite Mountain, the firefighting epic that shot across Northern New Mexico last summer.
Ludacris, the recording artist and actor, is rumored to play one of the sect members.
The miniseries will chronicle the 51-day siege and bloody final assault on the Branch Davidians’ compound outside Waco, Texas, that left more than 80 dead.
Spike TV, a cable network known more for reality programming, won what The Hollywood Reporter described as a highly competitive bidding process for the scripted Waco. A premiere date has not been announced.
Waco would appear to be part of a true-crime television trend in line with critical successes Making a Murderer, the Netflix documentary series, and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, an FX anthology miniseries that earned 22 Emmy Award nominations last fall.
New Mexico, in landing Waco, has been cast as its neighboring state once again. The Land of Enchantment doubled for Texas landscapes in last year’s neo-Western drama Hell or High Water, a best picture nominee at the Academy Awards; Preacher, the FX series based on the comic books of the same name; and parts of the recently released Logan, a standalone X-Men film that shot in Northern New Mexico last summer.