While NBC’s live telecast of The Sound of Music provided plenty of fodder for Twitter, it also proved to be a commercial success for the network. It’s moving ahead with a live version of Peter Pan to air next month, but now the network is looking at material outside of musicals—namely a very, very good play. Variety reports that NBC is “in the early stages” of developing a live telecast of Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men. The scribe’s Broadway play was famously adapted into a film in 1992 by director Rob Reiner with Sorkin penning the script, and now the network is apparently talking with Sorkin about having the West Wing creator and Social Network scribe rework the play once again for a new telecast. More after the jump.
Per Variety, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron—the folks behind the last two Academy Awards telecasts—are involved in the A Few Good Men Live idea, and the plan is for Sorkin to tailor the play for TV staging. Sorkin actually touched up his own play a few years ago for a West End revival starring Rob Lowe, so this would be his fourth pass on the fantastic material.
The film, of course, starred Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore and revolved the court martial of two U.S. Marines charged with the murder of a fellow Marine. Sorkin’s knack for dialogue is perfect for a courtroom drama, and if NBC does indeed move ahead with a live telecast of A Few Good Men with Sorkin involved, this might be the first one I’m actually looking forward to.
Details are still being hammered out, but NBC apparently approached Sorkin about the idea this summer and he seems to have responded to it. Hopefully we hear more soon. Revisit the trailer for Reiner’s film adaptation below.