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Showtime Developing Cuban Missile Crisis Limited Series from ‘Godfather’ Producer

Showtime is developing “The Armageddon Letters,” a four-hour limited series centered around the buildup to the Cuban Missile Crisis, Variety has learned.

The limited series, which will be written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson (“Field of Dreams,” “The Sum of All Fears”) is based on the book of the same name, “The Armageddon Letters,” by James Blight and Janet M. Lang. The tome contains forty-three documents, released under the Freedom of Information Act, chronicling the buildup to the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world teetered on the edge of total nuclear destruction — including letters from President Kennedy, Nikita Kruschev and Fidel Castro, who built a war machine they almost couldn’t turn off.

The project will be executive produced by Albert S. Ruddy (“The Godfather,” “Million Dollar Baby”), Mike Medavoy (“Black Swan,” “Shutter Island”), Benjamin Anderson, and Todd Martens, alongside Alexandra Ruddy for Ruddy Productions.

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