NatGeo Adapting ‘The Long Road Home’ With Mike Medavoy & Mikko Alanne

The Long Road Home Nat Geo
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Continuing to ramp up their scripted programming, National Geographic Channel is developing a miniseries, based on Martha Raddatz’s best-selling novel “The Long Road Home,” the cabler announced Monday.

Mike Medavoy will exec produce with Jason Clark, Benjamin Anderson and Edward McGurn, while “The 33” writer Mikko Alanne has been tapped to adapt the book for television.

“The Long Road Home” takes place on April 4, 2004, the day that became known in military annals as “Black Sunday,” when a newly arrived platoon from the First Cavalry Division in Fort Hood, Texas, was ambushed in Sadr City in Baghdad. The miniseries will chronicle the events of the day in the exact length of the battle — 
eight hours, seven minutes, 34 seconds — from first enemy contact just after 4 p.m. to its resolution just after midnight.

“We are working with masterful story crafters — Mike Medavoy, who has produced some of the most iconic military features ever made, Jason Clark, and Mikko Alanne — to tell a remarkable story about courage. It is a universal and timeless story about warriors and families, of brotherhood, hope, loyalty, and survival. It is rooted in authenticity that is core to National Geographic brand and we hope to tell a gripping, true story of survival,” said NatGeo’s CEO Courteney Monroe.

Medavoy commented, “I’m thrilled to be in business with National Geographic, who bring quality programming to worldwide audiences. We aspire to take viewers both into the terrifying, chaotic realm of soldiers at war, as we did in ‘Platoon,’ but also we will take you into the lives of their families back in Texas, as they learn of the battle. We continue our relationship with critically acclaimed Mikko Alanne and know that along with National Geographic Channel and Ways and Means Productions, we’ll tell a story that resonates in today’s headlines.”

Clark added, “‘The Long Road Home’ is a story about ordinary people trapped by circumstances outside their control. The battle they fight is not for politics or ideas, but for each other, for their families, simply to live and to return. But not all will. Not even those who do come home alive. Because this is also a story about our veterans, and what happens to them after the battle is over.”

The development deal was brokered by WME’s Andrew Mathes and Greg Hodes.

Alanne is repped by CAA and Media Talent Group; Medavoy, Anderson and McGurn are repped by Gang Tyre Ramer Brown; and Clark is repped by Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.

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  1. Adam white says:

    I was there if I can help in any way. I have pictures along with time there. Hope I can be of any help. Thanks for your part in telling the story.

  2. Battle red 4 Golf says:

    I was the ccp at intersection rte eagle, in my tank as the infilled and exfilled in tanks and i wathched those guys march to certain death. Ive met a few since, but their screams still haunt me. Volesky spit on me for smaking a guy who was about to shank him, no weapons on top, i took a many lives that nigjt and our units with no cross talk took that mother fucker back to his walled shit house. Fuck Sadr, all we did was train them.

  3. Ismael Vasquez says:

    I was also part of the initial QRF from Aco. 2/5 that went out on that day. Please tell the story with as much truth and reality as possible! We all deserve it!

  4. proudvet09 says:

    Please excuse the error, as I meant was not out there during the ambush but was part of the qrf force that went out that day

  5. proudvet09 says:

    I would like to know a projected start date as this was my platoon, I was out there in the ambush but was part of the qrf force that fought to get to them and it was my team leader who was killed that day.

  6. Justin Bellamy says:

    Hello, I’m in the book. I was in the platoon that was ambushed and pinned in the alley. If you need any info, on my account, you’re more than welcome to contact me.

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