After directing his sophomore feature, the 2005 critically-acclaimed globe-trotting thriller “Syriana,” “Traffic” writer Stephen Gaghan has had a rough go of getting a new project started. And while it seems that he’s finally gearing up to shoot his follow-up, the Oscar-winning screenwriter is also planning a stop on the small screen.
Deadline is reporting that Gaghan is executive producing a limited series adaptation of David Maraniss’ “They Marched Into Sunlight” for FX, which will focus on two events that happened during the Vietnam war in October 1967: the controversial Battle of Ong Thanh and a protest on the Madison campus of the University of Wisconsin. Gaghan won’t be too involved with the writing of the show though, as playwright Eric Simonson has been tapped to actually write the entire series, but the sprawl and subject matter seem to fit squarely in his wheelhouse.
It seems that “limited series” is the new buzzword at FX, as they've also announced that they're moving ahead with the small-screen adaptation of “Fargo” in a similar format. What’s the difference between a limited series and miniseries, you ask? The former gives the network more wiggle room if they decide to continue making more episodes.
There’s no timeline on when “They Marched Into Sunlight” will get rolling, but we’re guessing nothing will happen until after Gaghan begins work on the Chris Hemsworth and Jason Clarke-starring “Candy Store,” which is set to be his next directorial feature.