THE SCARLET SON

QUIET REVOLUTION PICTURES - as PROD

Action/Adventure - Development 2018

A rowdy and riveting action television series following the daring war-time adventures of a young British officer during the Anglo-American War of 1812. Based on the real-life historical journals of John LeCouteur.

    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Action/Adventure, Historical
    • Countries
    • CANADA, UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 10 - 25 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Producer(s)
    • Michael DOBBIN (Quiet Revolution Pictures)
    • Synopsis
    • 1812: As Great Britain grapples with Napoleon’s armies in a life or death struggle for Europe, John LeCouteur, the brightest young star of the Royal Military College at Marlow, is offered a commission in the British army. Unwilling to allow him to face the certain dangers of the Continental War, LeCouteur’s influential father pulls some strings to allow for his son to join the 104th Foot, stationed in the peaceful frontiers of British North America. Yet destiny intervenes and no sooner has the young 18 year old officer arrived in Halifax, does the HMS Belvedira appear with her sails in tatters, fresh from an attack by a US frigate. War has been declared between Great Britain and the United States, setting in motion a riveting series of adventures for the young officer and his comrades. They will take him from the frozen winter march crossing a thousand miles of frozen virgin forest to the whirlwind of society, love and temptation in Old Quebec City – and on again to the bloody and brutal Niagara campaign. LeCouteur’s exploits and romantic liaisons challenge his own sense of social convention and mortality while staring down death in a harsh climate and a brutal theatre of war. Based on the popular historical war-journals edited by Donald E. Graves in the book ‘Merry Hearts Make Light Days’, the series recounts the tales of a young gentleman-officer coming of age during a “hot and unnatural war”.
      The 104th Regiment of foot was the only unit of regulars in the British army incorporated outside of the British Isles. Garrisoned in St. John, the rank-and-file were made up of both English and French speaking New Brunswickers serving under British commissioned officers. If ever there were a metaphor for the early history of Canada, the 104th Foot was it: A cross section of colonial society and the very the embodiment of French and English with their First Nations allies serving side-by-side in the service of King and country, and in the defence of their common homeland.
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