David Seidler, Barry Levinson, Tony Fontana Will Develop "George Washington" Drama for NBC

By Michael Gioia
November 15, 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.