9:33am PT by Kate Stanhope
Weinstein TV Nabs Oliver Stone's 'Guantanamo' Prison Drama
Oliver Stone is readying his first foray into scripted television.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker is teaming with Weinstein Television for a scripted drama about Guantanamo Bay.
Written by Daniel Voll (The Unit), Guantanamo focuses specifically on the detainees held in one of the world's most controversial prisons, and those who defend and condemn them. Opened after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Guantanamo Bay detention camp was used to interrogate and imprison suspects in the war on terror. However, human rights organizations have condemned the treatment of the 780 prisoners held there, specifically the various types of torture used. President Obama vowed to shut down the camp in 2009, but was met with opposition and the camp remains open today, holding 41 prisoners.
The scripted series will showcase multiple perspectives and provide an inside, never-before-seen look into the prison. The drama, based in part on Voll's first-hand research, will tell the story of the detainees as well as the soldiers, judges, lawyers, doctors, journalists and other civilians on the remote military base.
Voll will serve as showrunner on the series, with Stone set to direct all season one episodes — marking his TV directorial debut. Alexandra Milchan (The Wolf of Wall Street) will produce with Weinstein Television. No network is yet attached to the drama, and Weinstein TV plans to shop the project in the coming weeks.
“It's always been a dream of mine to work with Oliver. I'm a longtime fan and he's one of our greatest filmmakers of all time," The Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said. "This is explosive material that will work from all sides. Daniel Voll's incredible resume will make this amazing collaboration between him and Oliver both newsworthy and super watchable.”
Added Voll: “Oliver and I are excited about creating an immersive, highly cinematic series, filled with twists and turns, that explores the dark side of how America prosecutes its war on terror.”
While this is Stone's first time directing for television, he has recently worked in the medium on docu projects including The Untold History of the United States, which aired on Showtime in 2012. Showtime also recently acquired Stone's The Putin Interviews.
In addition to the military drama The Unit, Voll's other credits include Lie to Me, and most recently The Blacklist.
Guantanamo joins Weinstein TV's growing scripted drama slate that includes MTV's Scream, Peaky Blinders on Netflix, History's military drama Six and the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist.