NBC Eyes Live Staging of Aaron Sorkin’s ‘A Few Good Men’ (EXCLUSIVE)

A few Good Men

In its pursuit of audience-grabbing event programming, NBC is said to be eyeing a live staging of Aaron Sorkin’s play “A Few Good Men.”

The Peacock is in the early stages of working out an agreement with Sorkin to mount a live telecast of the play that put him on the map as a writer when it hit Broadway in 1989. The 1992 feature starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore was a hit for TriStar Pictures.

The story revolves around the court-martial case against two Marines accused of killing another serviceman. The film helmed by Rob Reiner earned four Oscar nominations, including best picture and supporting actor for Nicholson.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are involved with the NBC effort, as is Sony’s TV division. The idea is that Sorkin would do another pass on the play to tailor it for the TV staging. It’s understood that Zadan and Meron suggested the possibility of doing “Few Good Men” to NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt, who got the ball rolling over the summer with Sorkin. The sides are still hammering out the basic details so there’s no word yet on casting or a director or a target premiere date.

The interest in “Few Good Men” is a sign that NBC is looking at properties beyond musicals for live events that have the potential to draw big crowds — and premium advertising dollars.

Zadan and Meron were the producers behind the Peacock’s stunning success last year with “The Sound of Music Live,” and the pair are shepherding this year’s tuner, “Peter Pan,” set to air Dec. 4.

Sony TV is involved through its association with Zadan and Meron and also because it has certain rights to “Few Good Men” stemming from the original feature deal. Sorkin sold the film rights to the play even before it became a hit on the Main Stem.

Feature-length live dramas were a staple of television in the 1950s and ’60s. The most recent effort was the staging of Cold War thriller “Fail Safe” for CBS in April 2000 that was driven by star George Clooney’s enthusiasm for an ambitious live experiment. “Fail Safe,” which was directed by Stephen Frears, marked the first such telecast on network TV in 39 years.

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  1. zoe says:

    Jensen Ackles was brilliant in this production, got fantastic reviews unfortunately even if they auditioned 100 guys and he was 10x better than anyone the role would go to whichever A list name they can get to do it.

  2. Spoolie254 says:

    This version promises to have dancing Elvises in it.

  3. SRG says:

    Don’t forget to do The Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption also!

  4. Col. Angus says:

    NBC does live stage plays every night. They’re produced by the so-called news department and contain some of the most gripping fiction being written.

  5. Sandra says:

    Jensen Ackles was perfection personified in the stage play version of A Few Good Men as Daniel Kaffee. It appears he’s auditioned for this live tv version. I sincerely hope he gets the part. He’ll do a wonderful job. Go Jensen!!!

  6. TOM says:

    Brian William’s daughter would be ideal for the Demi Moore role!

  7. Deb Nix says:

    If they must, can they please find at least a moderately good actor for Cruise’s character? He is a mess.

  8. Sud1 says:

    NBC YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH

  9. Dooky says:

    Let me save you all some time here.

    The verdict is NOT guilty on First Degree Murder.
    Guilty on Conduct unbecoming an officer.
    Dishonorable discharge from service.

    Now you can do something productive with your time.
    NEXT!

  10. NBC, you want to produce some RELEVANT movies? Produce one about Benghazi or Fast & Furious.

    And, have non-Progressives write and direct them. In other words, stop being a Democrat Propaganda machine.

  11. haroldcox says:

    Why not, I’m sure NBC is still stinging after the nation rebuked their idea of government. Why not strike out at the only group of people who don’t usually fight them, the military. That movie was an insult to service members then, just as their feeble teleplay will be now. Tres mur NBC…

    • Fred says:

      You must have watched a different version.
      “We’re supposed to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves”
      Yea, real insulting.

  12. Olivia says:

    I must be getting dense in my old age. I liked the movie a lot and failed to see what is so left wing about it. So, Sorkin, Reiner, NBC…yes I get that but so what? It’s interesting and entertaining and didn’t change my conservative mindset a whit. I would watch a live production. Used to like watching live plays back in the Fifties.

  13. joeastroturf says:

    Tom Brokaw never met a serviceman from a different era but his he didn’t like. They’ll probably have Bowe Bergdahl playing a hero as
    he puts hit TuTu on for Ballet lessons in this version. If it wasn’t from these leftists of old they would have reported that we won the Viet Nam war
    and John (the Nam Coward scratch himself 3 times to get out ) Kerry was a lying traitor.

  14. CSOV says:

    I think live plays is a great idea. I’d watch it. Who cares if it’s “right” or “left”… it was a good story and I enjoyed seeing it. The live play idea is better than what is on TV now….Sitcoms (that aren’t entertaining, just crude) Reality TV, and so-called Dramas. I love PBS just for that reason – they show great concerts, plays, operas, symphonies and programs that encourage you to think.

  15. cwon14 says:

    Of course, surge in leftist propaganda to be expected.

  16. IMPEACH OBAMA says:

    N othing
    B ut
    C rap

  17. IMPEACH OBAMA says:

    Hey, NBC, how ’bout a “live staging” of Benghazi or “Fast & Furious”…oh, no…you couldn’t do that…you might pi$$ off Obozo…

  18. John Sueher says:

    I disagree with Tom Hanks in You’ve Got Mail when he said All of live can be explained through the Godfather. I contend the it is in fact A Few Good Men. You can’t handle the truth. Why are you always giving me your resume. Maybe you should drink a little. And the hits keep on coming. I am sorry I lost your set of steak knives. Why the two orders? Wow I am sexual aroused. I guess I just followed the crowd at chow time. And many more.

  19. Jim Sutton says:

    Let’s see: Left-leaning NBC is going to have a play written by left-leaning Aaron Sorkin and produced by left-leaning Rob Reiner about a military court-martial. What could go wrong with that? It will be interesting to see how Sorkin manages to bash and blame Republicans during the course of the play. No doubt the defendants will be portrayed as knuckle-dragging, racist Southerners, the victim will be a gay, African-American, and the Marine commander/witness will be portrayed as an extreme, right-wing, gay-bashing, Christian, Tea-party fanatic.

  20. Kala says:

    Sorkin a commited leftist writing about the military. Now that’s a comedy I would like to see on TV

  21. Kala says:

    Not interested in anything put out by NBC

  22. CC Coleman says:

    Meanwhile we have a Reality TV “Caine Mutiny” happening in the White House complete with stainless steel ball bearings and strawberrys. A meltdown far more interesting and scary.

  23. Demsluvcommies says:

    Nothing like a military bashing play to get ratings! I will laugh when this fails miserably.

  24. amitore says:

    Can’t say that anymore, when we have gays,lesbians and transgenders in the Marines

  25. dennis says:

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. who cares

  26. gary says:

    NBC is a collection of idiots.

  27. Rich Goulet says:

    No Nickilson no good.

    • gort says:

      Since it’s NBC, you can be sure they will portray all the “bad guys” as right-wing, Republican Christians — who are all secretly homosexual.

  28. Ah yes, Republicans just won big, so now let’s put on a fictional story, carefully crafted to make Christians and right wingers look evil.

  29. All the heroes were inverted in this Hollywierd prop piece. How fitting for the No Balls Corp.

  30. TV has become painfully “unoriginal” just like the Hollywood movies. Why in the world would you take a great ORIGINAL movie like this and turn it into a TV series 20+ years later? SMH!

    • Gomez Addams says:

      where to start. Nobody said anything about a miniseries. Secondly it wasn’t a movie it was a stage play that was later turned into a movie. You really need to actually read the article before you comment lest you sound foolish.

  31. It may be just me. But I miss ” Originality ” . This might as well be a play of Gilligan’s Island as far as I am concerned. New , fresh ideas are so much better in many cases. But again. That’s just me.

  32. WM Babbington says:

    Perhaps they can get a Judge Advocate General officer to advise on the script- as I recall in the movie one of the enlisted Marines was convicted ” of conduct unbecoming ” which is a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that can only be brought against a commissioned officer- not and enlisted servicemember.

    • Rellik says:

      That article applies as a catch-all to all military members, if you can’t stick them with anything else.

      • WM Babbington says:

        you are thinking of article 134 which is the ” catch all ” article . Article 133 ” conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman” – which is cited in the play – can apply only to commissioned officers and midshipmen/ cadets.

  33. Naime Bond says:

    Caine Mutiny, To Kill a Mockingbird or Anatomy of a Murder would be my choices before A Few Good Men, but live TV and drama is a good thing considering the dreck that is TV these days.

  34. I won’t be watching, thank you very much. Once you have perfected something trying to repeat it will only diminish it. It would be like re-making Shawshank Redemption without Morgan Freeman, a waste of money and time!!!

  35. william penn says:

    It’s a work of fiction that makes the Marine Corps look bad, so, of course, Hollywood is all for it. Joe McCarthy was so-o-o right about them.

    • The Big Orange says:

      Yeah, I hate it when Hollywood does that. For example, remember that live production of The Sound of Music that tried to make the Nazis look bad? Shame on Hollywood!

  36. Why I wouldn’t put it past NBC to do a remake and bring it into current events. In this case, making it related to current events at GITMO for the sake of a liberal political statement!

  37. Alan Lee says:

    An attempt to re-do the 1960’s made for TV play “Fail Safe” a few years back flopped when they put Richard Drayfuss in the role of the President that was originally played by Henry Fonda. The acting talent drop off was huge. After watching Cruise, Nicholson, and Moore in the movie I doubt anyone NBC could dig up would compare. NBC would do better to just re-run the TV series that was based on the movie.

  38. Neal says:

    Im fairly certain that this production will NOT be faithful to the original work, but as of late, all the crap offered on TV is sh*t programming anyway, so this will be just another smearing of a notable movie for pennies pitched into a an open violin case….

    • Jerry says:

      You’re goddamn idiot. The past decade has been a second golden age for television, just not on the major networks like NBC (National Bureau of Communists).

  39. Curly Bill says:

    Great idea! What better way for NBC to honor our military than to produce two hours of hateful babble written by a rich kid from Scarsdale?

    • cadavra says:

      Clearly you haven’t seen either the play or the movie, or you’d know that it’s the exact opposite of what you assume.

      • cadavra says:

        Ah, Curly Bill, another clueless arrogant winger who makes assumptions and pronounces them as “the truth.” Why aren’t you working for Breitbart?

        To respond to your babbling: Sorkin may be rich, but he earned it. His parents were a teacher and a copyright lawyer. Comfortably middle-class, but hardly rich. Yes, I love Sorkin, but not because of his politics; I also love Mamet, and he’s a foaming-at-the-mouth right-winger. And I’m a retired desk jockey who worked for an electronics company–and I drive a Honda Civic.

        But please–do go on about how Mexicans are sneaking Ebola-ridden ISIS terrorists into Arkansas.

      • Curly Bill says:

        Clearly your assumption about having not seen this nonsense is wrong. I have seen it; that is how I know it is 2 hours of hateful babble written by a rich kid from Scarsdale. Given that, and the pedantic but totally irrelevant remainder of your comments here, I can only conclude that you are (a) a Sorkin fan (I’m sure you loved The Left Wing: “ooh that President Martin Sheen, he’s so wonderful and sensitive; not like that evil George Bush”) and (b) a social studies teacher in a public school — who drives a Prius or a Volvo.

      • cadavra says:

        Not everyone in the military needs to be on the front lines. There has to be an infrastructure, and weeding out bad apples in a legal and orderly fashion IS upholding the institution that our men and women in uniform proudly defend.

      • jnsesq says:

        Not exactly. Cruise’s lament at the end for the slain Marine might have well been said of the loyal warriors played by Nicholson and Bacon that he took down in the process. I don’t see Cruise taking that rifle and standing that post. Or Pollak. Or Moore. Or SORKIN!

        No, this is yet another great opportunity to diminish a Great American Institution so why wouldn’t NBC jump at the chance?

  40. Keith Diggs says:

    More libtards lining the pockets of the faithful libtard b.s. bearers!! What is this, Sorkin’s retirement policy??? After FAILING on HBO, now he doesn’t even have to write anything NEW? Just go out and dig up some old crap and throw THAT on the air??? Must be nice to be in the illuminati, well, until they burn in hell that is!

  41. Contessa46 says:

    I admire your intent to bring LIVE TV back (a revival of playhouse 90) but you should really put the writers to work with NEW material or at least bring us a telecast of some Broadway drama. A Few Good Men has been done and then done and I’m done! Don’t care to see it yet again. Think original and you will get viewers.

  42. Allie F. says:

    Yawn….grasping at straws.

  43. EricFost says:

    Yawn. This WILL NOT reverse NBC’c ratings slide. What next? A live rendition of Waiting for Godot? Ratings gold…

  44. Gary Hoffman says:

    This movie, like Top Gun, came out before 9/11. What relevance does a pre-9/11 Guantanamo Bay have? Where is the drama over a mere fence?

  45. Dave says:

    I saw the live telecast of Fail Safe several years ago; IIRC it was pretty good. At any rate, Zadan & Meron have their work cut out for them trying to top the film.

  46. Centurion53 says:

    The Obama propagandists at NBC and Comcast, their owner, can both go to H E L L!!!

  47. retrocon says:

    This won’t work… NBC “can’t handle the truth” about pretty much anything.

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