Following on from Live TV musicals The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, Grease and The Passion, US TV is now turning to Drama events.
Aaron Sorkin will adapt A Few Good Men into a live TV event for NBC. Sorkin (The West Wing, The Newsroom) also wrote the original Broadway play and feature film screenplay.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who are currently producing NBC’s Hairspray Live will executive produce alongside Sorkin for Universal Television in association with Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Television.
“I am thrilled that Aaron Sorkin is coming back to NBC to adapt and produce a live broadcast of his electrifying play A Few Good Men, which seems as timely as ever today,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt.
“Aaron is one of the most acclaimed theater, television and film authors of our time, and I am pleased that the live event business that we pioneered with musicals is now expanding into other genres and attracting artists of his caliber. I look forward to his collaboration with our ‘A-team’ producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, to bring another exciting piece of live drama to a broad audience.”
Expanding Live events from musicals to drama will broaden the horizon for more potential events -how long before somebody greenlights 12 Angry Men?
A Few Good Men is expected in 2017.