Oliver Stone to Direct 10 Hour Miniseries SECRET HISTORY OF AMERICA

     August 18, 2009


Oliver Stone will revisit the history he so likes to revise by trying his hand at Ken Burns’ game.  Showtime announced today that Stone will direct a 10 hour miniseries entitled “Secret History of America”, which Stone will also narrate.  The series will focus on events that at the time “were under-reported”, but signified important changes for the future of America, like “Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan”.  Under-reported?  Am I wrong in thinking that the atomic bomb didn’t exactly fly under the radar? More historical secrets that may-not-be-so-secret after the jump.

Stone will also explore “the origins of the Cold War with the Soviet Union”, which, once again, I think is a pretty well known and thoroughly discussed topic.  Obviously this doesn’t mean that the miniseries won’t be good, but Stone has dedicated most of his career to telling stories that he believes either haven’t been told, or haven’t been told correctly.  A couple of times, he hit it out of the ballpark, but more often than not his films are a swing and a miss that are mislabeled as “controversial” rather than “wrong”.  Here’s hoping he does his homework.

The miniseries is scheduled to debut on the network in 2010.