HOLLYWOOD – A potential miniseries on the O.J. Simpson trial is under development at Fox Broadcasting, the network announced today.
The project has the working title, “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” is based on the 1997 book of the same name by Jeffrey Toobin. The script is being written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, whose credits include the scripts for the films “The People vs. Larry Flint,” “Man on the Moon” and “Ed Wood.”
The producers are Nina Jacobson, a producer of “The Hunger Games” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and Brad Simpson, who also produced “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and the upcoming Brad Pitt-starring zombie film “World War Z.”
Fox also announced today it is developing a miniseries on James Clavell’s 1975 novel on 17th century feudal Japan, “Shogun.” NBC aired a 12- hour miniseries adaptation of “Shogun” in 1980 that received 14 Emmy nominations and three Emmys.
“These are both epic stories — one fiction, one fact — that have captivated millions of people worldwide,” said Shana C. Waterman, Fox Broadcasting Company’s senior vice president, event series & multi-platform programming.
“They’re riveting and emotional, with unique historic backdrops that lend themselves to the high-quality, dramatic event series we’re looking to make.”
Fox announced earlier it is developing potential miniseries based on the novel “Pines” and “Blood Brothers” on the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 1861, whose members fought on both sides in the Civil War.
Fox will order its first miniseries later this season, which will be aired in 2014.