Nat Geo Developing Vietnam War Limited Series From Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson

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National Geographic Channel is going to battle.

The network is developing a new limited series centered on the final hours of the Vietnam War from Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson, announced Nat Geo Channels CEO Courteney Monroe at the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday.

Last Men Out takes place during the last 36 hours of the Vietnam War when the American defense is reduced to a single unit of 63 marines. Those marines are tasked with defending the U.S. embassy.

The project marks the latest collaboration for Fontana and Levinson, who have worked together on Homicide: Life on the Street, Oz, Cooper and most recently Borgia.

Additionally, Nat Geo announced a new miniseries event Red Planet (working title), about the quest to colonize Mars, executive produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Michael Rosenberg from Imagine Entertainment, and RadicalMedia's Justin Wilkes and Dave O'Connor. Imagine Entertainment will also debut Breakthrough on the channel this fall.

Nat Geo is also teaming with Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief filmmaker Alex Gibney for a new documentary miniseries, Parched, examining the global water crisis.