×

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

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.

 

More TV

  • Riz Ahmed

    'Lives Are Quite Literally at Stake': Riz Ahmed on Seeing More Muslims On Screen

    Art can provoke feeling, but its impact has limitations in the face of legal and systemic oppression, said Riz Ahmed, the activist and actor known for “The OA,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “The Night Of,” onstage at the CAA Amplify conference in Ojai on Tuesday, calling for the high-powered industry execs, talent, [...]

  • Discovery Corporate New Logo

    Discovery Faces Backlash From Unscripted Producers After Shift in Series Payment Process

    Discovery Inc. is facing a backlash from the unscripted production community following a shift in the cable giant’s protocol for paying for programming. During the past year, Discovery has implemented a new system that calls for the company to pay producers for shows after all episodes and related material for a given season have been [...]

  • "The Curse of Cleopatra - Parts

    'Blood & Treasure' Renewed for Season 2 at CBS

    The CBS summer adventure series “Blood & Treasure” has been renewed for a second season. In the series, Danny McNamara (Matt Barr) is a former FBI agent specializing in stolen arts and antiquities. Lexi Vaziri (Sofia Pernas) is a resourceful art thief who is haunted by the tragic loss of her father, which she blames [...]

  • Side-Games-1

    Spectrum Originals Picks up Soccer Drama ‘Side Games’ for U.S. Distribution

    Charter Communications’ OTT service Spectrum Originals has reached a deal with Spain’s The Mediapro Studio for the U.S. rights to its popular series “Todo por el Juego,” (“Side Games”). The series will debut in the States on July 15. The Mediapro Studio produced the series, which was developed by popular Argentine screenwriter Eduardo Sacheri, a [...]

  • Mary J Blige Walk of Fame

    Mary J. Blige Inks First-Look TV Deal With Lionsgate

    Mary J. Blige has signed an exclusive first-look television deal with Lionsgate. Under the pact, Blige and her newly-launched Blue Butterfly productions will develop and produce TV series for the studio. The singer-actress will also have the opportunity to create content across Lionsgate’s various business platforms. “Mary is a very talented artist, fearless visionary and an [...]

  • Discovery Names Andrew Georgiou Eurosport and

    Discovery Taps Andrew Georgiou as Eurosport and Sports Rights Boss

    Andrew Georgiou has been appointed president of Discovery-owned Eurosport. The sports channels and streaming service has been without a chief since Peter Hutton left for Facebook. Georgiou assumes a wider role than Hutton, running Eurosport as well as overseeing sports rights and marketing across Discovery. It has been moving aggressively into the sports sector, licensing [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content