Miramax TV Developing Atomic Bomb Race Limited Series (Exclusive)

Oliver Hirschbiegel
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Miramax TV has snagged rights to adapt the nonfiction book Brighter Than a Thousand Suns as a limited series.

The studio will develop and produce the project, a chronicle of scientists involved in both the Manhattan Project and the German atomic bomb project. Miramax is producing alongside Berlin-based X-Filme (Babylon Berlin) and its Dreifilm subsidiary.

Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, Diana) is attached to direct, with Daniel Zucker writing the script.

First published in 1956 in Germany, Brighter Than a Thousand Suns: A Personal History of the Atomic Scientists by Robert Jungk is the first published account of the two atomic programs. An English language translation was published in 1958.

"Robert Jungk’s book is one of the most compelling and passionate works about the most chilling decision in history, but more importantly it is ultimately a story of friendship and of two brilliant young scientists pitted against each other by devastating global conflict," said Marc Helwig, head of worldwide television for Miramax. "We could not be more excited to be collaborating with our partners at X-Filme/Dreifilm, Daniel Zucker and Oliver Hirschbiegel in bringing this truly remarkable and timely story to the screen."

The project fits with Miramax's strategy of creating premium content for international markets. The company is also developing TV projects based on its films Mimic and The Gentlemen.

Dreifilm's Martin Kosok and Alexander Fritzemeyer will produce, having acquired the rights to the book.

"We are extremely pleased to have found a dedicated and well-connected partner in Miramax to create a series about such a significant part of German-American history," said Kosok. "We are excited to have Daniel Zucker and Oliver Hirschbiegel onboard to tell not only the story of the race for nuclear supremacy between the United States and the Third Reich, but also the tale of former friends who became enemies due to distrust and political upheaval. A story that is just as relevant today."

Zucker is repped by Artists First and Hansen Jacobson.