Speaking of television shows I hope to watch someday, David Simon is working on a mini-series about the Spanish Civil War.
John Hopewell of Variety writes:
“The Wire” creator David Simon and Spain’s Mediapro (“The Young Pope”) are in early development on “A Dry Run,” a drama series following members of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion who came to Spain from the U.S. to fight fascism during the Spanish Civil War.
The scripts have been outlined, and George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, both of whom worked on “The Wire,” have committed to “A Dry Run” as writers. The show is so far conceived as a six-hour miniseries, though that could change as the stories develop, said Mediapro founder Jaume Roures.
Simon and Mediapro are seeking to raise the necessary funds both in the U.S. and Europe.
“A Dry Run” will follow the Abraham Lincoln and George Washington Battalions, both part of the International Brigade that fought in the Spanish Civil War, from their arrival in 1937 and first bloody battle in the Jarama Valley until their departure in 1939. The show offers a “compelling and tragic narrative,” Simon said, adding that the “Spanish struggle against fascism and the misuse of capitalism as a bulwark to totalitarianism” represent “the preeminent political narrative of the 20th century and of our time still.”
(click here to continue reading ‘The Wire’s’ David Simon Developing Series Set in Spanish Civil War – Variety.)
The Wire is still in my top ten of shows, thus David Simon’s new project is probably worth a closer look.