NEW YORK — Alec Baldwin has signed as executive producer and star of a four-hour miniseries for TNT called “Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial,” a docu-drama about the tribunal held in the aftermath of World War II to pass judgment on Nazi war criminals.
“Considering what’s going on in Kosovo right now, we think this is a very timely film,” said Julie Weitz, executive VP of original programming for TNT.
Baldwin plays Robert Jackson, the Supreme Court justice who — at the urging of President Truman — took a leave of absence from the court to prosecute 21 members of the Nazi high command in the bombed-out German city of Nuremberg.
TNT will co-produce the mini with Alliance Atlantis Communications and Productions La Fete in association with British American. According to insiders, these entities will share the production cost and split the worldwide-distribution rights, with TNT getting the TV premiere in the summer of 2000.
The mini is based on the nonfiction book of the same title by Joseph E. Persico. David Rintels will do the adaptation, and Yves Simoneau will direct. Baldwin is co-executive producer with Jon Cornick, Gerry Abrams and Peter Sussman.
The only previous TV movie or mini Baldwin worked on was the CBS primetime version of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire,” for which Baldwin trod the boards on Broadway with Jessica Lange.
Baldwin is repped by David Schiff at UTA.