Showtime Developing Cuban Missile Crisis Miniseries

The Armageddon Letters book cover - P 2016
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Showtime may be heading to 1962. The network has finalized a deal to develop a miniseries about the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Based on James Blight and Janet M. Lang's The Armageddon Letters, which draws on documents realized under the Freedom of Information Act, the project is being eyed as a four-hour limited series.

The Cuban Missile Crisis spanned half of the month of October in 1962, nearly resulting in nuclear war. Central to the story are U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro.

Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams and The Sum of All Fears) is onboard to write and direct the series, while Albert S. Ruddy (and his Ruddy Productions shingle), Mike Medavoy, Benjamin Anderson and Todd Martens will serve as executive producers.

Showtime has been increasingly determined to move into the miniseries space. The pay cabler is also developing a limited series about President Theodore Roosevelt and an adaptation of singer-songwriter Patti Smith's memoir about her relationship with late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Robinson is repped by WME.