David Seidler, Barry Levinson, Tony Fontana Will Develop "George Washington" Drama for NBC
15 Nov 2012
NBC will develop a drama series from Oscar-winning writer David Seidler ("The King's Speech"), playwright Barry Levinson (Diner), Tony Fontana and NBCU International Productions' Carnival Films & Television ("Downton Abbey") under the working title of "George Washington," according to Deadline.com.
Seidler will develop the script for the project, which is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by Ron Chernow entitled "Washington: A Life." Levinson intends to direct the pilot.
"George Washington" is described as "an intimate look at the enigmatic leader who became the father of a nation on one side of the Atlantic and a terrorist on the other, a man to be eliminated at all costs by the British Crown. As episodes move back and forth through the war hero and President's life and tell the little-known and unlikely story of his survival and triumph, his true character is revealed for the first time. And he is not the man who chopped down the cherry tree."
Seidler, Levinson and Fontana will executive produce with Gareth Neame and Jason Sosnoff.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.