A new project in the works at Showtime revisits a crisis that gripped the world back in 1962. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the pay-cable net is developing a miniseries focusing on the Cuban Missile Crisis.
“Based on James Blight and Janet M. Lang’s ‘The Armageddon Letters,’ which draws on documents realized under the Freedom of Information Act, the project is being eyed as a four-hour limited series,” the report notes.
The events of October 1962 became one of the defining moments in the presidency of John F. Kennedy, when the world was brought to the brink of nuclear war in a standoff involving Kennedy, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro.
“Phil Alden Robinson (‘Field of Dreams’ and ‘The Sum of All Fears’) is on board to write and direct the entire series, while Albert S. Ruddy (and his Ruddy Productions shingle), Mike Medavoy, Benjamin Anderson and Todd Martens will serve as executive producers,” THR notes.