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Old 10-10-05, 06:05 PM
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Lewis and Clark Miniseries coming to HBO - producers: Norton, Pitt, Hanks

This article indicates that Brad Pitt and Edward Norton will star in the HBO series (They've set up a project with HBO and National Geographic to co-produce and play the leads in a ten part miniseries about American explorers Lewis and Clark the men who conducted the first overland expedition west across America to the Pacific Ocean.):
http://www.empireonline.co.uk/news/story.asp?NID=17197

another article from Variety:

HBO will blaze trail with mini
Pitt, Norton join cabler, National Geographic for 'Courage'
By MICHAEL FLEMING

HBO is teaming with National Geographic, Edward Norton and Brad Pitt for a 10-part miniseries adaptation of the Stephen Ambrose book about explorers Lewis and Clark.

Norton, who will direct at least one of the episodes, will exec produce the mini with Pitt, National Geographic Ventures prexy Tim Kelly and Adam Leipzig, president of National Geographic Feature Films.

Mini will be a co-production among National Geographic, Norton's Class 5 and Pitt's Plan B banners.

"Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West" tells the story of how Lewis and William Clark began in 1803 the first overland expedition to the Pacific Ocean. The three-year journey, across the uncharted North American wilderness, realized Thomas Jefferson's dream of mapping the unknown West and paved the way for Westward expansion.

National Geographic, which is coming off the docudramas hit "March of the Penguins," optioned rights to "Undaunted Courage" years ago from Ambrose, who was an explorer-in-residence for the company. Kelly said the project took time because they couldn't quite figure out how to condense it for a movie, something that will be unnecessary in a 10-hour format.

The miniseries kicked into gear after Kelly had dinner with Norton while the actor was narrating National Geographic's "Strange Days on Planet Earth" for PBS. When Kelly mentioned "Undaunted Courage," Norton told Kelly that it was among his favorite books, and that he had just sent along a copy to his "Fight Club" cohort Pitt. The pieces fell together quickly after that.

"Lewis and Clark's expedition is as great a story as you could ever hope to tell, and like so many people, Brad and I have both been drawn to it for years. We both always agreed that compressing that story into a feature-length film ruined the spirit of it ... so we sat down and said, 'How can we really do this justice?' " Norton said. "HBO is really the only company committed to this kind of long-form storytelling, and so we're ecstatic that they wanted to take it on with us. With National Geographic in the mix, it's a great team."

"The fun part was going in with both Edward and Brad. It made the selling process much smoother," Kelly said.

Both Norton and Pitt will be hands-on, particularly in the development process and in choosing a writer to oversee it.

Pitt is currently focused on the Old West, playing the titular gunslinger in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" for Warner Bros. Norton's in the Far East, filming "The Painted Veil" in China. As a director, Norton helmed the 2000 comedy "Keeping the Faith."

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oh wow
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Hmm.
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Lewis, I want you to hit me as hard as you can.
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Sounds pretty cool, I might actually have to get HBO.
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Hope this actually happens. Does this mean that Lewis and Clark might have actually been the same person and the history books are wrong?

The first rule about the westward expansion is that you do not talk about the westward expansion!

Sorry for the stupid jokes, but I figured someone had to make them and get them out of the way.
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HBO usually does those mini series' well.
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Anyways, who is going to be playing Clark Kent and who is playing his reporter GF?
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Great-googly-moogly!

I'm in.
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"The fun part was going in with both Edward and Brad. It made the selling process much smoother," Kelly said.
Really!? You don't say?
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That could be AMAZING.
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As a history nut, Im ALL over this.
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Most of the articles I can find don't say that Norton or Pitt will act in the mini-series. It just says Norton will direct and both will exec-produce. The fact that the article says they will be "very hands on" as producers indicates that neither of them are looking to act in the project.

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Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt
Most of the articles I can find don't say that Norton or Pitt will act in the mini-series. It just says Norton will direct and both will exec-produce. The fact that the article says they will be "very hands on" as producers indicates that neither of them are looking to act in the project.
This article is the only one I can find that indicates they will star in the series.
http://www.empireonline.co.uk/news/story.asp?NID=17197
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Dang. I was hoping before I clicked on the thread it would be Brad Pitt and Graham Norton in this. I might have watched then.
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Lewis, I want you to hit me as hard as you can.
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Wow.

I love history.

This could be great.
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Originally Posted by fryinpan1
This article is the only one I can find that indicates they will star in the series.
http://www.empireonline.co.uk/news/story.asp?NID=17197
Wow. Big A-listers like that do not usually go in for mini-series.

That pretty much ended with lonesome dove.
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Wow. Big A-listers like that do not usually go in for mini-series.
This isn't television. It's HBO.
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HBO has no problem getting A-listers for their miniseries. Look at "Band of Brothers." It had Ross from Friends *and* Jimmy Fallon.
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Well this would give Pitt a reason not to shower and to grow his Grizzly Adams beard again.
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If Angelina Jolie plays Sacagawea, i'm all in.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
HBO has no problem getting A-listers for their miniseries. Look at "Band of Brothers." It had Ross from Friends *and* Jimmy Fallon.

Ross might be a Television A-lister, but he is not a hollywood A-lister.

and I don't even want to talk about Jimmy Fallon.

Now I will say getting Al Pacino and Streep for Angels in America was a coup.
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