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As part of a four-year initiative by History to commemorate the U.S. Civil War, the net has announced that production has begun on a two-hour feature, Gettysburg, that will be exec produced by Ridley Scott (director of Gladiator, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down) and brother Tony (Top Gun, Unstoppable, The Hunger) through their film and TV shingle Scott Free Productions.
The special doc event will be part of a week-long programming initiative that will be fully integrated across all platforms. The net will also launch a national education campaign connected to the Civil War.
“The Civil War is arguably one of the most critical events in our nation’s history, and one to which History has been dedicated since our inception,” said History president and general manager Nancy Dubuc in a statement. “Our four-year commitment to the Civil War, highlighting the 150th anniversary and the key battles and people who fought during that conflict, underscore our deep devotion to the genre - it is a pledge we are making to our country, to our viewers and to every school in America.” Dubuc called the Scott brothers “amazing, awe-inspiring storytellers” that would “bring the raw courage of all who fought in Gettysburg to light.”
“History is the perfect partner for us to tell the epic true story of Gettysburg,” added Ridley Scott. “We are excited to bring this battle to audiences in a powerful new way.”
Advance word on Gettysburg is that it will use re-enactments and CGI to tell the story of soldiers on the ground, putting viewers in the midst of the action while also providing information on the turning points, technology employed and little known facts about the Civil War. The special will be directed by Adrian Moat, a British director who has directed scores of spots through Ridley Scott’s commercial production company, RSA Films.
Other programming within History’s week-long Civil War event includes themed episodes of Pawn Stars, American Pickers and other specials, including Lee & Grant, a close look at the two iconic generals that led each side into battle.