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Robert Zemeckis’ Fact-Based UFO Series ‘Blue Book’ Picked Up by History Channel

Scripted drama gets 10-episode straight-to-series order

History has picked up a fact-based UFO drama from executive producer Robert Zemeckis, the network announced on Thursday.

Titled “Blue Book,” the 10-episode scripted drama will chronicle the true top secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s known as “Project Blue Book.”

Ordered straight-to-series, “Blue Book” becomes the network’s fourth scripted original series, following “Vikings,” “Six” and the upcoming “Knightfall.” No premiere date or casting info have yet been announced.

The series follows Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a brilliant college professor recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead this clandestine operation that researched thousands of cases, many of which were never solved. Each episode will draw from the actual files, blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in United States history.

“Blue Book is inspired by the true covert events of an era in American history shrouded in mystery,” said Paul Buccieri, President, A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group. “Robert Zemeckis and the creative team have shaped an incredibly compelling narrative, building upon History’s unique, growing brand of fact-based scripted programming.”

“Rarely have I been associated with a project that is a perfect fusion of historical fact and extraordinary entertainment,” said Zemeckis. “We are grateful for A+E Studios’ and History’s support for what I know will be a fabulous series.”