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Oliver Stone to show us the Secret History of America

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

While he started off as a screenwriter of some hit-or-miss movies (try watching 1981's The Hand sober and you'll soon know what I mean), Oliver Stone remade his professional persona by writing and directing one of the biggest critical successes of the 1980s, the Oscar-winning Best Picture Platoon. Ever since Stone hasn't shied away from rocking the boat and making films which showed us the way he views America and its political landscape. JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Nixon, Wall Street and World Trade Center all deal with real life people or events that still create uncomfortable ripples in the psyche of many Americans.

Now Stone is turning his attention to the platform of television and creating a 10-part documentary series for Showtime that will examine the Secret History of America. In addition to producing the series Stone will also narrate each episode as it examines culturally important but under-reported moments in the history of America from the past 60 years such as the origins of the Cold War, the national security complex and Truman's reasoning to drop two atomic bombs on Japan to end the Second World War.

"Through this epic 10-hour series, which I feel is the deepest contribution I could ever make in film to my children and the next generation, I can only hope a change in our thinking will result," said the director.

"We are very happy that Oliver Stone has chosen Showtime as the home for his provocative series about key unknown moments of American history," said Showtime programming president Robert Greenblatt said. "Not only has his name become synonymous with visionary filmmaker, but Oliver is also a fascinating storyteller always striving to shed new light on the human experience. His continuing curiosity about real events of the 20th century has now led him to a documentary series unlike any other, which is why it's perfect for our premium audience."

Showtime wants to air Secret History of America sometime in 2010.

-The Hollywood Reporter.

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