Paul Giamatti has a project in the works at FX. Deadline.com reports that the Emmy-winning actor is working with the cable network on a historical project about the Civil War.
Currently going by the name "Untitled John Brown Project," the limited series would track the transformation of a 50-year-old farmer into an infamous anti-slavery champion, who led the 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry. The project is based on the 2011 book "Midnight Rising" by Tony Horwitz.
The raid, which was unsuccessful, is considered a tipping point toward the South’s secession in 1860.
The project is expected to run a total of six to eight hours, and comes out of a two-year first-look deal with Touchy Feely Films, run by Giamatti and his partner Daniel Carey, and FX Productions, the piece reports. The pair are also working with FX on the history-based "Mayflower."
Giamatti won an Emmy in 2008 for HBO’s "John Adams." He also received an Oscar nomination in 2006 for his supporting role in "Cinderella Man" and is a two-time Golden Globe winner.