The string of comedic forces switching over to drama continues. This time it's in the form of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane who, as the first project under his $200 million overall deal with NBCUniversal, will be working on a joint limited series adaptation of author Herman Wouk's legendary 1971 novel The Winds of War and it's 1978 sequel novel War and Remembrance. The limited series, however, will retain the title of the former.
The epic story follows one American family’s turbulent voyage across the continents and across the years that spanned World War II, in the process showcasing small-scale human endurance in the face of large-scale global upheaval. The novels were previously adapted individually by ABC, the first book adapted in 1983 as a now acclaimed 18-hour, seven-part miniseries, while War and Remembrance was adapted in 1988. Both were produced and directed by Dan Curtis (Famous for the Dark Shadows dark fantasy soap opera in the mid-to-late 1960's) while Wouk himself solely adapted The Winds of War to script form while he co-wrote War and Remembrance with Curtis and Earl W. Wallace.
MacFarlane will co-write the scripts with writer Seth Fisher (The Alienist). He will also serve as executive producer of the series. While NBCUniversal will flip the bill, the limited series will be shopped around to broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms shortly. Stay tuned!