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'American Idol' Production Company Working on Project With 'thirtysomething' Co-Creator About the Rise of One of the Most Hated Men in History Deadline

FremantleMedia, the production company behind "American Idol" and "X Factor," is working on a project about the rise of one of the most hated men in history.

That would be the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in Germany. The project is based on the Andrew Nagorsi book "Hitlerland," reports Deadline.com.

It's one of FremantleMedia's highest-profile scripted projects yet, and the company is working with Emmy Award winner Marshall Herskovitz, a veteran film and TV writer and producer, on the drama project.

Herskovitz, who with his writing partner Ed Zwick created the series "thirtysomething" and "Once & Again," will write the adaptation and executive produce with producer and manager Alan Gasmer, the story notes.

The series will focus on Berlin in the 1920s and 1930s.

“Berlin during the 1920s and ’30s was so alive, so filled with promise, so incredibly modern -- even today, much of what we think of as new or avant-garde was created then,” Herskovitz said. “And it’s equally important -- in light of the dark forces in our world today -- to understand how a group like the Nazis ever came to power.”