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New NBC Show Has Quite a Pedigree: Oscar-Winning Director Will Executive Produce It and Oscar-Winning Writer Will Pen Its Script. And It's Based on a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book THR

This deal seems to have all its bucks behind the scenes: Academy Award winners will executive produce and write it, and it's based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning book.

Oscar-winning director and producer Barry Levinson ("Rain Man") will executive produce the new drama project for NBC, which will be written by the Oscar-winning writer of "The King's Speech, David Seidler, reports The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed.

The project is about George Washington and is based on "Washington: A Life," the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Ron Chernow.

The TV project is described as an intimate look at the country's first president, with episodes of the series moving through his life to reveal his character, the story adds.

"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," said Seidler.

Seidler, who will also executive produce, added: "Not an icon, a very human human being, who learned how to lead. That’s the man I want to understand.”

The project has received a script commitment from NBC.