More than 20 years later, Waco’s history is getting dug back up.
Spike is developing a 6-part mini-series about the 51-day standoff with the Branch Davidians.
Taylor Kitsch (of Friday Night Lights and John Carter) will star as Branch Davidian leader David Koresh along with Michael Shannon (Man of Steel and Boardwalk Empire) as the lead FBI negotiator Gary Noesner.
The series will focus on different viewpoints throughout the standoff and is based on Noesner’s biography, Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator, and A Place Called Waco, from Branch Davidian surviving member David Thibodeau.
“I believe David Koresh was totally responsible for the lives of those people and his bad decision-making led to those people losing their lives, " Noesner said in a previous Star-Telegram story. "But there were very philosophic differences between the negotiation team and the tactical team, which pushed for a more confrontational approach. They wanted to exert more pressure. If Waco proved anything, it reinforced what we did as negotiators."
Variety reports that the mini-series, which will go into production next spring, will be written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle, and directed by John Erick.
This of course isn’t the first time Hollywood looked to Texas history for a script. Last year, the History Channel aired Texas Rising, which took up the Texas Revolution and the eventual creation of the Texas Rangers.