New HBO series set for production

Discussion in 'Revolutionary War' started by Pamela Jo, Dec 4, 2006.

  1. Pamela Jo

    Pamela Jo Guest

    I just found out that Tom Hanks's Playtone production company will begin filming a six-part show about John Adams. Paul Giamatti is set to portray Adams in a film based on David McCullough's biography of John Adams.
    Production should begin in the next few months and a lot of the filming will be done in the Williamsburg Historic
    Area. Hanks visited Williamsburg about a year ago in order to scout locations for the film. Other locations which will be used are Richmond and Europe.

    I thoroughly enjoyed McCullough's book and anxiously await the HBO series!


  2. bschulte

    bschulte New Member


    That does sound interesting. I enjoyed the first season of HBO's Rome and also Band of Brothers. Their period pieces are always interesting to me.

    Brett S.
  3. tonyt

    tonyt New Member

    I liked "The Crossing" it was an A&E production several years ago starring Jeff Daniels as General George Washington . Jeff Daniels has played Joshua Chamberlain , George Washington , was in Pleasantville and Terms of Endearment , and yes Dumb and Dumber . The History Channel also did a series "The American Revolution" . It was a week long series .
  4. AmandaLynn

    AmandaLynn New Member

    I liked Jeff Daniels as Washington in that production. The interaction between him and the guy who played Glover was priceless.  ;D

    One thing that irked me about the production, though, was them writing Alexander Hamilton into the script as a staff officer for Washington during the Crossing. Hamilton didn't come into the picture until 1777. I believe he was at the Crossing but he would have been manning a cannon and not putting Hessians to the sword as shown in the production. Why do people rewrite history like that? Tilghman was a major player and they left him out completely.  :mad:

  5. tonyt

    tonyt New Member

    Linda ,
    What can you say about Hollywood other than they pick characters to promote and not let the facts get in the way . I'm surprised it wasn't Grant vs. Lee in the movie Gettysburg instead of Hancock vs. Lee . Who was the fellow Meade who made a cameo appearance "It's so damn dark out there I couldn't see a thing . I hope to God this is good ground is this good ground General ."
  6. kladkym

    kladkym New Member

    I think that other good period movies would include:
    George Washington: a TV mini-series starring Barry Bostwick as George Washington; based on Thomas Flexner's book
    April Morning: starring Tommy Lee Jones; about Lexington and Concord

  7. AmandaLynn

    AmandaLynn New Member

    Anyone know if that Barry Bostwick mini series is available on DVD?

  8. Basecat

    Basecat New Member


    I did a check on, and unfortunately neither the original miniseries or Part 2 are on DVD. Both were released on VHS, but can be pricey to obtain.

    Regards from the Garden State,

    Steve Basic
  9. AmandaLynn

    AmandaLynn New Member

    Well that sucks. :'(

    I'm curious to see that one because somewhere in the back of my mind I remember reading that parts of it were filmed on location here in Bucks County.

    Maybe some day they'll get it out on DVD. <sigh>

  10. historypiper

    historypiper New Member

    I'm enjoying reading the Boston 1775 blog reports on the John Adams mini-series as it's now airing. Since I don't have HBO does anyone else have a perspective on the show, good, bad or indifferent?
  11. The General

    The General New Member


    Two hours have aired so far. The first hour, which dealt with Adams' defense of the British soldiers from the Boston Massacre was kind of slow. The second hour, which ends with the reading of the Declaration of Independence, was terrific. It seems like that's how it's going to go. Giammatti is a terrific actor, and so is Laura Linney, but you are only as good as your script.

    It's nice to see John Dickinson portrayed accurately. Having graduated from the college named for him, I have a soft spot for the old boy, even if he did refuse to sign the Declaration of Independence.


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