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Fourth of July might be all about fireworks and barbecues now, but what if the events of the Revolutionary War hadn’t ended in our favor?

Working with Lionsgate TV-based producer Allison Shearmur, ABC is developing drama “The Thirteen” about what losing the war for Independence would have meant for modern-day Americans. Script is penned by feature scribes Jim Agnew and Sean Keller, who penned the upcoming Nicolas Cage thriller “Tokarev.”

Films and TV shows have often used actual historical events as backdrops for their dramas, with AMC’s “Mad Men” and FX’s “The Americans” being recent examples. Director Kevin Willmott’s 2004 mockumentary “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America” explores what would have happened if the South had won the Civil War.

Deadline Hollywood first broke the news.

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