Seidler to Pen George Washington Drama Series for NBC
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the NBC network is planning a possible drama series which will give viewers an in-depth look at America's first President, George Washington. The project will examine both his years in the presidency and his service as a hero during The Revolutionary War.
Oscar-winning author David Seidler (The King's Speech), who will pen the script commented, "There's George Washington the national icon, gazing out from the dollar bill with his mouthful of supposedly wooden teeth, and then there's the George Washington who had an adulterous affair with his best friend's wife."
He continued, "The George Washington obsessed with social status, finely tailored clothes, his image. Not an icon, a very human human being, who learned how to lead. That's the man I want to understand."
The production will come from The Carnival/NBC Universal International, which has already received a script commitment from the network. It will be executive produced by Oscar and Emmy-winning director/screenwriter Barry Levinson, who will also direct the pilot.
“What’s so interesting is here was a man who was more instrumental to what our country is today and more famous than any other figure in our history, and yet no one knows anything about him," said Levinson. "We know the myth of the man, but the reality was he was a flawed and troubled character who overcame his flaws to become one of the foremost leaders of this nation.”
A pilot for the series, tentatively titled 'George Washington', is currently in pre-production.
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