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Oliver Stone to Direct ‘Guantanamo’ TV Series for Weinstein Company

Project marks Oscar winner’s first time directing scripted television

Weinstein Television announced Monday that it has acquired rights to dramatic series “Guantanamo,” which marks Oliver Stone’s first foray into scripted television. Stone is known for tackling controversial subjects: He directed the film “Snowden,” and recently the documentary “The Putin Interviews,” which premieres on Showtime in June. He will direct all of season one, per Weinstein Television.

“Guantanamo” will tell the stories of the prison from multiple perspectives — from prisoners to soldiers, lawyers to journalists. The Guantanamo Bay detention camp was opened after the September 11 attacks to interrogate and detain suspects in the war on terror, and has since been a focal point for human rights groups concerning the treatment of detainees. Daniel Voll created the show and will be showrunner; Alexandra Milchen will produce.

“Oliver and I are excited about creating an immersive, highly cinematic series, filled with twists and turns, that explores the dark side of how America prosecutes its war on terror,” Voll said in a press release.

The Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said the “explosive material” will make the show both “newsworthy and super watchable.”

Weinstein Television will take the series to market in the upcoming weeks.