Revising Pvt. Lynch

NBC pushes ahead with Jessica telepic

NBC Entertainment prexy Jeff Zucker said Thursday that he has no concerns about pushing ahead with the telepic “Saving Jessica Lynch” despite the confusing details surrounding the Army private’s rescue in Iraq by fellow U.S. soldiers.

Speaking at the semiannual Television Critics Assn. press tour in Los Angeles, Zucker said the TV movie is an action-adventure. It will air during the November sweeps.

Zucker conceded that “we are constantly revising the script” and that there have already been five different versions. Telepic is being exec produced by Don Paulson.

“The story is very much in the public consciousness,” Zucker said. “Obviously, there are still a lot of questions.”

Peacock execs said NBC News is in no way involved with development of the telepic.

Lynch, who returned to her hometown of Palestine, W.Va., this week after recuperating in a hospital in Washington, D.C., is not cooperating with the NBC project.

Filmmakers have instead locked up the life rights of Mohammed Al-Rahaief, an Iraqi lawyer who helped U.S. forces rescue Lynch.

Zucker said Al-Rahaief, who is in Washington, D.C., is something of a hero in the NBC story.

Producers are also relying heavily on a U.S. Army report that blamed a number of factors for the March 23 ambush in Iraq that left 11 U.S. soldiers dead and six, including Lynch, captured.

Immediately upon Lynch’s widely publicized rescue, the Pentagon put out word that she had bravely fought Iraq soldiers, but the Army report concluded that Lynch had actually been unconscious when taken prisoner.

Zucker said the telepic script will continue to be revised as needed.

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