For its next live production, the network is teaming up with Aaron Sorkin to air a version of his stage play and movie in early 2017.
Sorkin made his professional debut writing "A Few Good Men," which opened on Broadway in 1989. Three years later, it was adapted into a movie starring Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and Jack Nicholson. The story centers on a military trial, as lawyers defend Marines charged with murder.
"I am thrilled that Aaron Sorkin is coming back to NBC to adapt and produce a live broadcast of his electrifying play 'A Few Good Men,' which seems as timely as ever today," said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement.
NBC has found success with its live productions, including "The Sound of Music Live" and "The Wiz Live." Its next live broadcast will be "Hairspray" this December. Sorkin will team up with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the executive producers behind those previous live specials. This will be the network's first live drama production.
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Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is a military lawyer defending two U.S. Marines charged with killing a fellow Marine at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Although Kaffee is known for seeking plea bargains, a fellow lawyer, Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore), convinces him that the accused marines were most likely carrying out an order from a commanding officer. Kaffee takes a risk by calling Col. Nathan R. Jessep (Jack Nicholson) to the stand in an effort to uncover the conspiracy. Read More