A new scripted TV series is in the works from Robert Zemeckis, the acclaimed film director behind “Forrest Gump,” “Back to the Future” and “Contact.” History announced today that it has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to “Blue Book,” an original drama from A+E Studios.
Paul Buccieri, president of A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group, announced the project, which will be executive produced by Zemeckis.
The series chronicles the top-secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and 1960s known as “Project Blue Book.”
Said Buccieri: “’Blue Book’ is inspired by the true covert events of an era in American history shrouded in mystery. Robert Zemeckis and the creative team have shaped an incredibly compelling narrative, building upon History’s unique, growing brand of fact-based scripted programming.”
The announcement notes: “The series follows Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a brilliant college professor recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead this clandestine operation that researched thousands of cases, many of which were never solved. Each episode will draw from the actual files, blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in United States history.”
Commenting in the announcement, Zemeckis said: “Rarely have I been associated with a project that is a perfect fusion of historical fact and extraordinary entertainment. We are grateful for A+E Studios’ and History’s support for what I know will be a fabulous series.”
“Blue Book” is an A+E Studios production in association with Compari Entertainment, a division of ImageMovers. Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine are executive producers for Compari Entertainment. David O’Leary serves as creator and writer. Arturo Interian is the executive in charge of production for History.