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Ambrose mini on track at TNT

Cochran to adapt transcontinental railroad history for screen

NEW YORK — TNT has commissioned a four-hour miniseries based on a forthcoming history of the transcontinental railroad by Stephen Ambrose, the bestselling author of “D-Day” and “Band of Brothers.”

Bob Rehme Prods. and Phoenix Prods. will produce the as-yet-untitled mini; Rehme will co-exec produce with Nick Grillo. Bob Cochran will write the adaptation, while no director or cast has been set.

Cochran, a writer-executive producer of the USA action series “La Femme Nikita,” has written the forthcoming miniseries “Attila the Hun” for the USA Network and is working on a miniseries about the Vikings for Wolfgang Petersen’s Radiant Prods.

TNT’s next scheduled mini is “Nuremberg,” a docudrama about the Nuremberg trials held in the aftermath of WWII. Project stars Alec Baldwin as the judge assigned to render a verdict on the Nazi leaders under indictment.

Jewerl Ross and Lee Dinstman at APA repped Cochran.

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