History Orders Scripted UFO Drama From EP Robert Zemeckis Straight to Series

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History has ordered a 10-episode scripted drama from executive producer Robert Zemeckis straight to series, Variety has learned.

Currently titled “Blue Book,” the series chronicles the real top secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s known as Project Blue Book. It will focus on college professor Dr. J. Allen Hynek, who is recruited by the military to spearhead the project.

“Rarely have I been associated with a project that is a perfect fusion of historical fact and extraordinary entertainment,” said Zemeckis. “We are grateful for A+E Studios and History’s support for what I know will be a fabulous series.”

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“Blue Book” is an A+E Studios production in association with Compari Entertainment, a division of ImageMovers. David O’Leary serves as creator and writer. Arturo Interian is the executive in charge of production for History. Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, and Jackie Levine are executive producers for Compari Entertainment. Rapke previously collaborated with Zemeckis on several films including “Cast Away,” “Flight,” and “The Walk.” Levine also produced “The Walk,” as well as “Allied.”

“Blue Book is inspired by the true covert events of an era in American history shrouded in mystery,” said Paul Buccieri, president of A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group. “Robert Zemeckis and the creative team have shaped an incredibly compelling narrative, building upon History’s unique, growing brand of fact-based scripted programming.”

This marks the fourth original scripted series for History and the third scripted series from A+E Studios. Others include military drama “Six,” the popular historical drama “Vikings,” and the upcoming Knights Templar drama “Knightfall” from producer Jeremy Renner.

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  1. Jan Aldrich says:

    Hynek’s files had some interesting USAF cases which are currently missing from the Project Blue Book files. Also, Project 1947 is compiling a listing of cases which were investigated by government officials by did not make it to the Project Blue Book files.

  2. Ben Moss says:

    I know several personal stories about Dr. Hynek from a close friend of his that is still alive. One is a sadly yet funny occurrence during Hynek’s investigation of the Socorro UFO landing, one of the cases that pushed Hynek out of Blue Book into his own belief in the phenomena. We also have access to an as yet unseen (except for the few minutes we showed at the 2016 Mufon Symposium) Hynek interview where he discusses the evidence from the famous unsolved Blue Book case on the Socorro UFO landing that we investigated and reported on last year. Socorro is still ‘unexplained’ and one of the 701 cases that project Blue Book never got an answer to. At times, as brilliant as he was, Hynek had a little of the ‘absent minded professor’ in him.

  3. Caligari says:

    Somebody should write a comprehensive book on PROJECT BLUE BOOK (I’m guessing that’s what this series is basically doing) because there was some weird inexplicable stuff that Dr. Hynek talked about later in life that made me believe the government’s “official” accounts were total disinformation. (I know the government and media lying to us, shocker)

  4. Penswordman says:

    Project Blue Book has never been the focus of an ongoing series to my knowledge. I’ll look forward to this, especially if there is a focus on the historical facts and documents associated with Blue Book. It will not only be entertaining, but a look back to an era of science and technological advances that is still unsurpassed despite the wonders of today.

    No? Just remember– In 1961, we couldn’t be sure a rocket would fly straight when JFK made his “…in this decade” proclamation. Eight… EIGHT years later, we landed on the moon.

    • Actually, the legendary Jack Webb produced a series about Project Blue Book in the late ’70s called “Project U.F.O.” It was dull as dirt, and the UFOs always turned out to be completely ordinary and very disappointing earthly objects. This new show is shocking news to me as my bio of Dr. Hynek, “The Close Encounters Man” is coming out June 13th!

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