HBO Announces Cold War Drama with ‘80s Spy Series ‘Reds’

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Soviet Spies in Reds on HBO HBO Announces Cold War Drama with ‘80s Spy Series ‘Reds’

HBO has announced it is developing a new series tentatively titled Reds, inspired by the real-life occurrence of a KGB sleeper agent infiltrating the United States during the 1980s.

The series will be drawn from an encounter writer/director Martyn Burke had while filming a documentary across the United States in the early part of the decade. Unknown to Burke, and the rest of his crew, the soundman they were all working with was actually a colonel in the KGB. Before being found out, the Soviet spy managed to successfully establish a base of operations just outside New York City, and sought to conceal his true identity further by trying to start and raise a family.

Burke is being tapped to develop the show, no doubt for his firsthand knowledge of the situation, but also because the theme has followed him around in his decades-long career. In addition to writing and directing the television documentary The KGB Connection, Burke also worked on the screenplay for Top Secret!, the 1984 Val Kilmer spy-comedy. Currently, Burke is in the early stages of a film based on assassinated Mexican presidential candidate, Luis Donaldo Colosio, entitled: A Death in the Bullfighting Hills. What part Burke’s other commitments will play in the progression of Reds’ development is unknown.

The factual component of Reds becomes even more topical since the 2010 high-profile bust of ten individuals suspected of being spies for the Russian Federation’s external intelligence agency.  Beyond the seemingly unbelievable fact that after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian government was still aggressively pursuing classified information from within the United States, the case became a major media sensation when one of the accused, Anna Chapman, appeared to have been borrowed from some unseen James Bond film. Chapman and the other nine were detained and eventually returned to Russia in one of the largest public prisoner swaps in United States history.

Similarly themed Rubicon on AMC HBO Announces Cold War Drama with ‘80s Spy Series ‘Reds’

'Rubicon' also drew inspiration from real-life events.

No stranger to period dramas, HBO could be the perfect place for Reds to capitalize on both the nostalgia of the time and the political minefield that existed during the last decade of the Cold War. With the success of Boardwalk Empire, and the buzz surrounding the just announced Hobgoblin from writer Michael Chabon, the network certainly has been spanning the ages as of late. However, with the subject matter still fresh in the minds of many viewers, one wonders if HBO will tone down the more fantastical aspects like AMC did with Rubicon, or amplify them to avoid that show’s eventual demise.

Early word on Reds is that it will be loosely based on Burke’s experiences, instead of focusing solely upon his account. The show will center on several spies and their double lives as seemingly normal Americans who are actively seeking out and delivering classified intel to Moscow.

More announcements will come as the program moves closer to development and casting stages. Stay tuned.

Source: Deadline

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  1. This sounds amazing.

  2. Hahaha love the title!

  3. Mikhail Kryzhanovsky, KGB and CIA: Morning Liberty Radio interview. Part 1

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    Barack Obama
    The U.S. President
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    Mike Rogers, Chairman
    U.S. House Committee on Intelligence
    133 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515

    January 21, 2013

    Dear Mr. President, Mr. Rogers,

    On June 29, 2012 I’ve contacted Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, Washington, DC 20511, 703-482-130 on CIA “Millenium Hilton” top secret program. William Shea from the Office answered: ” I still see no proof of any connection to the CIA, and you have not explained how the CIA is effecting your life at this time. What is happening to you that you want to have stopped?” On June 30, 2012 same William Shea sent me e-mail:”CIA told me that “Filament” doesn’t exist”.
    I want to inform you, Mr. Rogers that I do exist and I am the part of CIA/FBI/U.S. Secret Service program which I call “Millenium Hilton”, New York hotel where CIA agents recruit and work with the members of this program, and where I was recruited on September 1, 1995 as a joint CIA and FBI National Security Division “project”.
    The purpose of this program is to secure CIA, FBI and U.S. Secret Service self-preservation. That’s why they control the White House and the U.S. Congress and kill politicians if needed. I was a member of this program, my alias was “Filament”. The job was to penetrate the White House and the U.S. Congress and also work a a sniper and “stay close to President Bill Clinton” which means his assassination. That’s why I wrote “The Professional” system (top political management ) for Bill Clinton..They paid me $900 to start and I’ve got political asylum status in USA, and they promised the best medical (government) insurance. Besides, I have a special CIA status – I could make my own decisions what to do and how to do the job. I refused to kill and that’s why I’m under severe CIA pressure – the Agency wants me back no matter what.
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    On October 12, 2010 I had a meeting with U.S. Secret Service agents who informed me that I’m still on CIA program as “Filament” and I could work for Secret Service too. We talked about the vulnerability of Obama’s security – the agents got pretty nervous and blamed Rahm Emanuel for that.
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    Mikhail Kryzhanovsky
    a former KGB spy and CIA “Filament”

  5. When will this come out? This sounds so good!