The wingnuts are going to love this.
Showtime is getting into business with Oliver Stone, signing a deal with the oft-controversial director for a 10-part documentary series exploring events in U.S. history that might have been underreported. Stone will narrate, create and exec produce the project, scheduled to debut next year and appropriately titled "Oliver Stone’s Secret History of America."
“Through this epic 10-hour series, which I feel is the deepest contribution I could ever make in film to my children and the next generation, I can only hope a change in our thinking will result," Stone said in a press release announcing the project.
Stone has been working on the project for two years, Showtime said.
Bob Greenblatt, president of entertainment at Showtime, said he was "very happy" the director had "chosen Showtime as the home" for the project.
"His continuing curiosity about real events of the 20th century has now led him to a documentary series unlike any other, which is why it’s perfect for our premium audience," Greenblatt said.
From Showtime’s official release on "Secret History":
The new one-hour series will feature episodes that focus on human events, that at the time went under-reported, but crucially shaped America’s unique and complex history over the last 60 years.
Stone and a small group of historians and archivists have meticulously combed through the national archives of the U.S., Russia, South Africa, England, and Japan in search of papers, letters, memoranda, film, and photographs to assist in their documentation of unknown historical figures and events that have rarely, if ever, been revealed.
Topics range from President Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan to the origins and reasons for the Cold War with the Soviet Union, to the fierce struggle between war and peace in America’s national security complex. Newly discovered facts and accounts from the Kennedy administration, the Vietnam War, and the great changes in America’s role in the world since the fall of Communism in the 1980s will be presented.