New ‘Grizzly Adams’ Film and Television Projects in Development

HOLLYWOOD – The Grizzly Adams® Brand Franchise is currently developing new film and television projects inspired by the life and exploits of the real, John ‘Grizzly’ Adams.

Grizzly Adams became popular worldwide by way of NBC's late-1970s hit TV Series, ‘The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams’. The show starred Dan Haggerty and it is well recalled, although people largely remain unaware that 'Grizzly Adams' had actually been a famous historical character.

The real 'Grizzly Adams' was a shoemaker from Boston who migrated to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in late 1852, after he participated in the great California Gold Rush of 1849. The new Grizzly Adams TV Series will exploit the struggles and triumphs of this once famous frontiersman, who western historians reference as 'California's greatest mountain man.'

Grizzly Adams® Film and Television franchise owners, Tod Swindell and Julie Magnuson Swindell explained how the real history of ‘Grizzly Adams' reveals a person who exchanged civilian life for solitude in the mountains near Yosemite, or as Henry David Thoreau wrote during the same time period, "to live deliberately." Except unlike Thoreau, after a few years Adams returned to city life and soon became famous.

An early misconception reveals how Adams was not a fugitive from justice who fled to the mountains as the 1970s TV series conveyed. Rather, he opted for a peaceful life in order to escape the crush of a new greed-driven society striving for wealth and power, as a result of 'gold fever.'

In the forested mountains, Adams found himself surrounded by the beauty of natural wilderness and wild animals, as well as Native American Indian tribes he befriended and supplied meats and furs to. He became a sought after leader of major animal tracking expeditions, and was a survivalist who captured and tamed more Grizzly Bears and other wild animals than anyone.

In early 1856, Adams returned to civilization to the boom-town city of San Francisco where he put on amazing animal shows. He drew so much attention his top billings made him a sought after celebrity there and delivered him widespread fame in the west, until he eventually returned to the East Coast where he became a premier showman for the legendary, P.T. Barnum.

As part of his amazing hidden legacy, few today realize the image of Adams' bear, 'Samson' painted by artist, Charles Nahl has long adorned California's State Flag. (Wikipedia incorrectly identified the bear as William Randolph Hearst's bear named 'Monarch.')

"The new Grizzly Adams television series and motion picture versions will be adjusted for today's viewing audiences as they better examinine the real Grizzly Adams story," added the Swindells, who are set to offer their unique production opportunities for the iconic brand to major studios and cable/TV networks demonstrating interest in a co-owning partnership, or an outright buy-out of the entire trademarked Grizzly Adams® Franchise.


Above: New profile of 'Grizzly Adams' by artist, Alex Carigi

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