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Stockard To Pen Ben Affleck's "Bunker Hill"

Warner Bros. Pictures has signed "In the Heart of the Sea" author and "The Town" co-scribe Aaron Stockard to pen an adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick's novel "Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution".

Originally set up three years ago as a possible directing vehicle for Ben Affleck, that possibility still remains with Affleck, Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd to produce the film through through their Pearl Street company.

The book deals with the events leading up to 1775's bloody Battle of Bunker Hill in Boston where two-hundred British soldiers were killed and the battle was a turning point in the Revolutionary War. It ultimately gave encouragement to colonists by demonstrating that the local militias could stand up to British troops.

The story centers around 33-year-old physician Joseph Warren who was leader of the Patriot cause. Paul Revere, George Washington, British General Thomas Gage and his successor William Howe
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Sons of Liberty: Was the Premiere of History's Miniseries Revolutionary?

Sons of Liberty: Was the Premiere of History's Miniseries Revolutionary?
A group of unlikely acquaintances unite to take down a common enemy in History’s Revolutionary War drama Sons of Liberty, and — to paraphrase a famous quotation from the era — it’s a time that tries even the most patient TV viewer’s soul.

The opening installment of the cable channel’s scripted miniseries, which premiered Sunday and continues through Tuesday, covers one of the most exciting epochs in American history: the years right before the colonies turned against British rule and decided to go to war for independence.

It was a time of great unrest, violence and intrigue… so
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First Look: History's Sons of Liberty Posters Drop a Few Famous Names

First Look: History's Sons of Liberty Posters Drop a Few Famous Names
The History channel isn’t above dropping some very famous names as it drums up buzz for Sons of Liberty, its three-night Revolutionary War-era miniseries.

Airing January 25, 26 and 27 at 9/8c, the mini follows a group of radical young men — Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Dr. Joseph Warren included — as they secretly conspire to change the course of history and make America a nation.

The key art posters revealed below tout the Adamses, Revere and Hancock — played by Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia), Henry Thomas (E.T.), Michael Raymond-James (Once Upon a Time) and Rafe Spall (Prometheus
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History’s ‘Sons of Liberty’ Miniseries Recreates Our Nation’s Founders’ War Video

Adams, Hancock, Revere…Their Rebellious Story of America’s Fight for Freedom Told in…TV Picks: Sons of Liberty is a three-night scripted miniseries premiere coming Sunday, January 25 at 9 p.m. Et on History®The miniseries, Sons of Liberty comes January 25, 26 and 27 at 9 p.m. The three-night, six-hour event follows a defiant and radical group of young men – Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Dr. Joseph Warren – as they band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a nation. These Sons of Liberty lit the spark that ignited our revolution. […]
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History Sets Date for Sons of Liberty Miniseries — Watch the First Teaser

History Sets Date for Sons of Liberty Miniseries — Watch the First Teaser
The History channel has set a premiere date for Sons of Liberty, its three-night Revolutionary War-era miniseries.

Airing January 25, 26 and 27 at 9/8c, the mini follows a defiant and radical group of young men — Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Dr. Joseph Warren — as they band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a nation.

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The photo above features Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) as Warren, Michael Raymond-James (Once Upon a Time) as Revere, Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia) as Sam Adams, Rafe Spall (Prometheus) as
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Exclusive: Jason O'Mara will play George Washington on 'Sons of Liberty'

Exclusive: Jason O'Mara will play George Washington on 'Sons of Liberty'
The Revolution(ary War) will be televised by History, and Jason O’Mara is joining the cause. EW has learned that the Terra Nova and Life on Mars actor has signed on to the cable network’s miniseries Sons of Liberty as George Washington, that famous commander-in-chief of the Continental Army who became America’s first president.

According to History, the six-hour miniseries follows the journey of our founding fathers—from the Boston Tea Party to the signing of the Declaration of Independence—as they “band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a nation.
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History Orders Sons Of Liberty Miniseries

History is making another addition to its original programming with an order for a new miniseries, Sons of Liberty. Hot off the continued success of Vikings, and the critical acclaim of other miniseries efforts (like The Bible and Hatfields & McCoys), the network now aims at what looks like a pretty interesting take on the lives of the biggest names of the American Revolution.

It seems as though we’re going for a “no really, they were just actual people,” approach to things, apparently trying to show that these were real men, with real lives and real problems, who threw themselves into something, probably far beyond their expectations. That could be a story worth telling, and there are some great cast members involved. Some audiences may have to be convinced that Ryan Eggold can get them to like him after he so recently got them to hate him on The Blacklist,
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Lifetime Orders a Christian Siriano Show, Darren Criss Joins “Hollywood Game Night” and “Major Crimes” Hopes for a Kyra Sedgwick Appearance

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TVLine reports that Major Crimes producers hope they can book Kyra Sedgwick and Billy Burke for Philip Stroh‘s trial. The show tried to get Burke to appear for Stroh’s last appearance but he couldn’t fit it in his Revolution filming schedule.

History has announced an impressive cast for its upcoming mini-series Sons of Liberty. It includes Michael Raymond-James (as Paul Revere), Henry Thomas (as John Adams), Ben Barnes (as Sam Adams), Ryan Eggold (as Joseph Warren) and Breaking Bad vet Dean Norris playing Ben Franklin.

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Lifetime has ordered four reality series including Threads, a competition series featuring young fashion designers who will eventually face judge Christian Siriano.

The Bechdel Test was in the spotlight again, thanks to a study asking how well Doctor Who treats its female characters. io9 explains why the Bechdel Test matters and how it’s effective. Even better, it takes
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Dean Norris to Star in New History Miniseries Sons of Liberty

History has ordered a six-episode miniseries Sons of Liberty starring Breaking Bad'sDean Norris

The drama tells the story of Sam Adams (Ben Barnes), John Adams (Henry Thomas), Paul Revere (Michael Raymond James), John Hancock (Rafe Spall) and Joseph Warren (Ryan Eggold)  as they secretly band together to change history and make America a nation. Norris will play ...

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History Plans Six-Hour Scripted Miniseries Sons of Liberty

History has ordered its latest scripted miniseries, "Sons of Liberty," from A+E Studios and Stephen David Entertainment ("The Men Who Built America," "The World Wars"), it was announced today by Dirk Hoogstra, Executive Vice President and General Manager, History and H2. The six-part miniseries, which will start production this summer, follows a defiant and radical group of young men . Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Joseph Warren . as they band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a nation.
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‘Breaking Bad's’ Dean Norris to Play Ben Franklin in History's ‘Sons of Liberty’

‘Breaking Bad's’ Dean Norris to Play Ben Franklin in History's ‘Sons of Liberty’
Breaking Bad” and “Under the Dome” star Dean Norris leads an ensemble cast in History's new six-hour scripted miniseries “Sons of Liberty,” the network said Wednesday. Norris will play Benjamin Franklin in the series, which tells the story of the men who sparked the American Revolution. The actor is joined by Ben Barnes (“The Chronicles of Narnia”) as Samuel Adams, Henry Thomas (ABC's “Betrayal”) as John Adams, Michael Raymond James (HBO's “True Blood”) as Paul Revere, Rafe Spall (“Prometheus,” “Life of Pi”) as John Hancock, and Ryan Eggold (NBC's “The Black List”) as Joseph Warren. Also read: ‘Pawn Stars’ Spinoff Gets Greenlight.
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History's 'Sons of Liberty' miniseries casts Dean Norris, Ben Barnes, Henry Thomas

History is moving forward with its ambitious Revolutionary War miniseries and has firmed up a star-filled cast. The cable network has ordered the six-hour Sons of Liberty, which follows “a radical group of young men — Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Joseph Warren — as they band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a nation.”

The sprawling cast includes many notable names playing famous founders: Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia) is Sam Adams, “a natural born leader with charisma and a penchant for mischief;” Ryan Eggold (The Black List) is Joseph Warren,
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Ben Affleck for 'Bunker Hill'? Director May Return to Boston for Revolutionary War Film

Boston and Ben Affleck go together like the Red Sox and Fenway Park, so it makes sense that Warner Bros. would court the director for its latest Boston-based project. But Affleck, who set his first two films (“Gone, Baby, Gone” and “The Town”) in present-day Boston, might need to brush up on his Beantown history before he takes the helm of the movie -- it's based on a book about the Battle of Bunker Hill, one of the key fights in the lead up to the American Revolution. Warner Bros. acquired the rights this week to “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution,” written by Nathaniel Philbrick and set for publication in April, with Affleck in mind to direct. Deadline reports that “Argo” screenwriter Chris Terrio would also pen this project, adding to its pedigree even in its infancy. The book details the 1775 battle, which followed tensions that sprung
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Ben Affleck Looking to Direct Revolutionary War Film Bunker Hill

Warner Bros. is looking to develop a big screen adaptation of an upcoming non-fiction book called Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution. The book was written by Nathaniel Philbrick, and the story centers on the battle of Bunker Hill, which is the battle that thrust America into the Revolution in 1775. This is a great story, and I have no doubt it will make for an amazing film.

Deadline says that Ben Affleck could end up directing the film, but as of right now it's not set in stone. I loved what Affleck did with Argo, and I think this would be a great project for him to take on, so I hope he does it. Here's a description of the book, which is set to be released on April 30th.

Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots
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Ben Affleck may continue patriotic streak with film of Bunker Hill

If Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning Argo raised eyebrows in some quarters for its staunchly pro-us stance on the Iran hostage crisis, his latest proposed project looks set to up the patriotic fervour considerably. The actor-turned-film-maker is being lined up to direct an adaptation of the forthcoming Nathaniel Philbrick historical book, Bunker Hill: A city, A Siege, A Revolution, which tells the story of the battle that started the American revolution.

Deadline reports that Warner Bros has agreed a seven-figure deal for screen rights to the book, which is due to be published next month in the Us, with Affleck in mind. It is set in Boston, the director's preferred location and the setting for his films Gone Baby Gone and The Town, though the action takes place in distant 1775.

In the book, Philbrick describes how Bostonians and British troops came into conflict in the wake of the Boston Tea Party,
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Warner Bros. acquire Bunker Hill as Potential Vehicle for Ben Affleck to Direct

After taking home the Best Picture Oscar for Argo last month, Ben Affleck is reuniting with Warner Bros. for his next film, Live By Night. And it looks like he’ll be working with them once more to adapt the upcoming book, Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution.

Written by Nathaniel Philbrick, Bunker Hill is due to be published at the end of next month, with the studio acquiring the rights in a high six-figure against seven-figure deal to bring it to the big screen, Deadline report.

The book has been acquired for Pearl Street Films, with Ben Affleck eyeing it as a potential directing vehicle. It’s thought that Affleck is setting Chris Terrio, who also earned an Oscar last month for his Argo script, to pen the Bunker Hill script. And Affleck and Terrio working together once more is definitely something we’d love to see.
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Affleck May Helm Revolutionary War Tale

Warner Bros. Pictures have picked up the screen rights to "In The Heart Of The Sea" author Nathaniel Philbrick's upcoming non-fiction work "Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution".

Warners acquired the property for Pearl Street Films to produce and develop as a potential directing vehicle for "Argo" helmer Ben Affleck.

In the 1770s after the Boston Tea Party, tensions rose between Bostonians and British troops to the point of outright fighting. The Battle of Bunker Hill was a bloody clash that united the colonies and essentially kicked off the American Revolutionary War.

The story is told from a group of participants, including a 33-year-old physician named Joseph Warren, who becomes a leader of the Patriot cause; Paul Revere, George Washington, British General Thomas Gage, and others.

"Argo" scribe Chris Terrio is expected to work on the script adaptation shortly as Affleck is presently busy adapting the Dennis Lehane
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Ben Affleck to Direct Bunker Hill for Warner Bros.

Ben Affleck to Direct Bunker Hill for Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. has closed a deal for the rights to Nathaniel Philbrick's upcoming book Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution as a potential vehicle for Argo director Ben Affleck. Here's the book's official description from the author's website.

"Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord. In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists. Philbrick brings
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