Aaron Sorkin’s 1989 Broadway play A Few Good Men, which was adapted for film in the early 1990s, is now headed for the small screen, in the form of a live event on NBC.
Obviously, this program is quite a departure from the lighthearted musicals that have been broadcast in the network’s series of popular live specials, which began in 2013 with The Sound of Music. Considering how well received the Tony-nominated play and the Oscar-nominated film were, NBC could hardly have chosen a better project for its first drama in the series.
Sorkin has had many successes over the years, including the long-running, critically acclaimed TV drama The West Wing, but it was the original Broadway production of A Few Good Men that launched his career in the late 1980s.
The story, which takes place in Washington D.C. and the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 1986, concerns a military lawyer, Lt. Daniel Kaffee, who is ordered to defend three Marines being tried for murder. Tom Cruise played the character in one of his most memorable roles.
The Wrap quoted Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, who said: “Aaron is one of the most acclaimed theater, television and film authors of our time, and I am pleased that the live event business that we pioneered with musicals is now expanding into other genres and attracting artists of his caliber. I look forward to his collaboration with our A-team producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, to bring another exciting piece of live drama to a broad audience.”
A Few Good Men will air on the network in early 2017.