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TV show about Canadian ice-road truckers to be made into movie?

YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. -- A major Hollywood movie studio has purchased the rights to a TV show about ice-road truck dr...


YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. — A major Hollywood movie studio has purchased the rights to a TV show about ice-road truck drivers in the Northwest Territories, which may be used as the premise for an action film.

It’s been reported that 20th Century Fox has recently purchased the rights to use Ice Road Truckers, the History Channel’s documentary series, for use in an upcoming film. However, the film remains in “concept stages” at the moment.

Debuting last year, Ice Road Truckers followed six truckers as they hauled loads along the Contwoyto ice road from Yellowknife to the territory’s diamond mines.

The show brought in 3.4 million viewers in the US, as viewers tuned in to watch how the truckers endured frigid northern temperatures and braved the risks associated with hauling industrial loads on an ice road.

Though the show is set in Canada, it is not currently available to Canadian audiences.

A production crew is filming new episodes on the winter road between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., with four of the show’s original drivers involved once again.

–with files from CBC News


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