Newswire: Michael Mann may finally go to war with a Vietnam miniseries

As Deadline reports, filmmaker, TV artistic guru, and all-around creative mensch Michael Mann has acquired the rights to Hue 1968, Mark Bowden’s soon-to-be-published non-fiction book about the Tet Offensive, the campaign of surprise attacks by the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese army that marked unexpected turning point both in the Vietnam War and its public perception in the United States. Mann and producer Michael De Luca are developing the book into a miniseries, with Mann planning to direct at least some of the episodes. Bowden is best known for his book Black Hawk Down, the basis for the film of the same name by Ridley Scott.

It should be noted that, while Mann’s work on the big and small screen is closely associated with the crime and thriller genres, his portfolio of sadly unrealized projects includes a large number of historical war movies, including Gates Of Fire …

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