HBO has acquired rights to Evan Wright’s book “Generation Kill” and set Adi Hasak to draft the tale of the Iraq invasion into a “Band of Brothers”-style six-part miniseries.
Wright, a Rolling Stone contributing editor, won a National Magazine Award for his three-part series and then wrote a book about his dangerous experiences with Marine Corps special forces in Iraq.
Hasak has already begun writing a bible for the series and a first episode. Mini will cover the 16-day trek from Kuwait to Iraq, with each episode telling the story through the eyes of a different soldier.
“Evan’s reporting was gutsy and distinguished itself in that he was like this omniscient character who captured the voices of these five Marines,” Hasak said. “Each episode will flash back and forward, but this is not an attempt to present the Iraq invasion through a historical prism — only to present the 16 days as they happened.”
The Marine unit’s job was to flush out enemy troops laying potential ambushes before U.S. ground troops entered the fray. Wright’s time embedded with them gave him an unfiltered perspective about what it feels like to be a soldier on the front line.
“The first recon unit’s job was to be 10-15 miles ahead of the main invasion force and find those enemy positions by literally driving into them,” said Wright, who’ll be a consultant on the mini.