NBC Sets Live Production of Aaron Sorkin’s ‘A Few Good Men’ for 2017

A Few Good Men
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NBC, which has had great success with live musicals in recent years, is turning to live drama in 2017 with a presentation of “A Few Good Men.”

Aaron Sorkin, the creator and mastermind behind NBC’s “The West Wing,” will return to the network for the project. He set a high mark in his professional debut, penning “A Few Good Men,” which premiered on Broadway in 1989 at the Music Box Theatre to critical acclaim. Three years later he adapted the play as a feature film that went on to receive an Oscar nomination for best picture.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who are currently producing NBC’s “Hairspray Live” and were behind recent NBC musicals including “The Sound of Music Live” and “The Wiz Live,” will exec produce alongside Sorkin. “A Few Good Men” will be produced by Universal Television in association with Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Television.

A specific air date has yet to be announced, but NBC is targeting the project for early 2017. The Peacock first discussed bringing “A Few Good Men” to television in early 2014, shortly after its “The Sound of Music Live” was a blockbuster ratings success.

“I am thrilled that Aaron Sorkin is coming back to NBC to adapt and produce a live broadcast of his electrifying play ‘A Few Good Men,’ which seems as timely as ever today,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. “Aaron is one of the most acclaimed theater, television and film authors of our time, and I am pleased that the live event business that we pioneered with musicals is now expanding into other genres and attracting artists of his caliber. I look forward to his collaboration with our ‘A-team’ producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, to bring another exciting piece of live drama to a broad audience.”

Sorkin is a six-time Emmy winner for “The West Wing,” which ran for seven seasons (1999-2006), and was a four-time winner for best drama. Sorkin’s most recent TV project was HBO’s “The Newsroom,” which ran for three seasons and earned Jeff Daniels an Emmy for lead actor in a drama. Sorkin was also Emmy nominated for his ABC comedy “Sports Night” and NBC’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”

Set in 1986 in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, “A Few Good Men” centers on military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee, who is asked to defend three Marines on trial for murder.

 

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  1. cadavra says:

    Now let’s just hope they don’t screw it up with stunt casting, as they do with their musicals. Might I suggest Bryan Cranston or J.K. Simmons in the Nicholson role?

  2. Sloanopass Thebutto says:

    Awesome! I’m hoping for some Josh Malina!

  3. EricJ says:

    It’s good to see that theater has helped broadcast networks get over their fear of airing non-awards specials (what, pre-empt our marketable shows?), while reconciling with the death of the (non-competition) variety show, but it’s a long slow path to therapy.

    Now, next, they have to learn how to embrace theatrical plays and musicals everyone HASN’T already heard of from classic movies and earlier TV versions.
    Y’know, like Showtime and PBS used to, back in the 80’s.

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