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Starz Readying Vietnam Drama From 'Newsroom' Writer, 'Spartacus' Producer THR

The Vietnam War is beginning to look like a hot topic again. The latest network to get on the bandwagon is Starz, which is working with former “Newsroom” writer Gideon Yago and “Spartacus” executive producer Rob Tapert on “Airborne,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project, which also involves producer Aaron Lam, is set at the outset of the Vietnam War. The piece reports that it “revolves around a young helicopter crew as they fight for survival, sanity, their souls and each other in a country -- and war -- that are descending into chaos.”

Yago, a Peabody award-winning journalist who has worked for MTV News and CBS News, will write the script.

In a statement announcing the project, Yago wrote: "Even though we are using Vietnam and the early days of air cavalry as a backdrop, our hope is to bring the audience timeless stories about what makes a hero and how a group of young people fight to retain their humanity in the midst of a surreal and terrible conflict.”

The report adds: “’Airborne’ comes as Starz -- which recently broke off into an independently run company -- is looking to boost its original scripted offerings. The network this month will bow David S. Goyer drama ‘DaVinci's Demons’ and also has ‘Black Sails’ and ‘The White Queen’ on deck. The premium cable network is also teaming with Sky Atlantic to co-produce drama series ‘Fortitude.’”

FX is also working on a Vietnam series, “They Marched Into Sunlight,” as we reported last week.