ABC Readies Civil War Series With ‘Lost’ & ‘Pearl Harbor’ Execs

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

civil war mini series abc ABC Readies Civil War Series With Lost & Pearl Harbor Execs

It’s been a long time since The Blue and the Grey lit up the small screen with docudrama in the ’80s, but if ABC has its way you can expect more Civil War-era brother against brother action soon.

Lost producer Carlton Cuse is set as both a writer and executive producer for a new TV project set during the American Civil War.  Producing the series along with Cuse is writer/director/producer Randall Wallace, whose filmography includes Braveheart, Pearl Harbor, We Were Soldiers, and most recently, Secretariat. The two are currently writing the pilot, which Wallace is set to direct.

Details are sparse aside from a Virginia setting. At this time it’s not known if this will be a full series or a miniseries, but given the history of the Civil War on television, the latter seems likely.

The rumored project will be familiar territory for Wallace, but Cuse may bring some new ideas to a more conventional story. ABC’s decision could prove to be a timely one with the extreme political polarization the United States is currently experiencing.

Aside from the executive talent, no timeline, story or casting information is available. The Virginia setting is no help for plot information either, since the first battle of Bull Run and the South’s surrender at Appomattox both took place within the state’s borders.

A character-driven drama (as opposed to a play-by-play of the major battles) would be something that American audiences haven’t seen before. Considering that most armchair historians get their fix from the likes of the History Channel and TLC, it might play to a broader audience on network TV. Confederate general (and native Virginian) Robert E. Lee might make a particularly compelling choice if they want to tow the ideological line, since he sympathized with the Union cause but fought for his home state.

Screen Rant will have updates for would-be reenactors when they become available.

Source: Variety

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  1. I never saw The Blue and The Gray,but did watch both “North and South” mini-series and enjoyed them.I think they were on ABC.I will probably give this a shot when it comes out.

  2. I’m excited for this, since I’m a big civil war buff. But sadly like rmd3rd I haven’t seen the blue and the grey.

    • The Blue and the Gray has terrible uniforms.But Gregory Peck played Lincoln and was incredible.Best portrayal of Lincoln ever.Much better than the North and South film.

  3. meh

  4. If it is on ABC, there will be a spin put on it to the Right.

  5. Not only is this timely but the talent that is working on it raises my eyebrows even more. Hope it becomes a success.

  6. Here’s hoping for a “Band of Brothers” treatment…though not a Pacific style one.

  7. We are members of First Stuart Horse Artillery reenactment group. My husband and I own a 1841 solid bronze cannon. We love to see a civil war era show on tv. Be a good change from what on tv right now. I love dressing up like Scarlett Ohara and own several civil war dresses. Im excited about this project.

  8. either do a true historical presentation not a fictional representation or do nothing at all. i will not watch.

  9. This is a perfect fit for one of the dynamic duo from the LOST production team. WHY? It will be difficult for him to leave a laundry list of unanswered questions since its an historical piece. Note I did say difficult not impossible.