U.S. premium cable net Epix has given the greenlight to Fiasco, a six-part docuseries that will explore politics, power and uncertainty.
Currently in production, the project, adapted from the podcast of the same name hosted by Leon Neyfakh (pictured), will examine the reality of America’s most pivotal historical events, “bringing to life the forgotten twists and turns of the past while shedding light on the present.”
The inaugural season of Fiasco will focus on the story of the Iran-Contra affair, which nearly took down the Ronald Reagan’s administration. The debacle served as a Cold War-era political scandal that involved the secret sale of arms to the Islamic Republic of Iran, overseen by senior officials, with the proceeds of the sale intended to fund Nicaragua’s Contras, a U.S.-backed and funded right-wing rebel group.
Fiasco is expected to debut on Epix in 2021.
The series is produced by Neyfakh’s Prologue Projects and Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company.
Executive producers on the series include Neyfakh, Andrew Parsons and Steven Fisher for Proluge Projects, alongside Left/Right’s Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver and John Marks.
Fiasco marks the second partnership between Neyfakh, Left/Right and Epix, following the launch of Slow Burn, which provided insight into the Watergate crisis, earlier this year.