Published Apr 09, 2018With his current show The Deuce set to receive a second season through HBO, The Wire creator David Simon is now developing a drama series focused on the Spanish Civil War.
As Variety reports, the series is called A Dry Run and will follow members of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion, who came to Spain from the United States to fight facism during the conflict. The site notes the show has been conceived as a six-hour miniseries, though format and length could change as the show develops. George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, who also worked on The Wire, will serve as writers for the new series.
Simon is developing A Dry Run alongside Spain's Mediapro, known for their involvement in co-producing The Young Pope. Mediapro founder Jaume Roures told Variety that Simon has written "an extraordinary document that describes the project. When you read it, you can perfectly picture any of the characters of the series."
Simon told the site that "the events of 1936 to 1939 made clear that capitalism — while it may be an elemental tool for generating mass wealth — offers no moral answer to how people can live or how societies thrive," adding, "when the Spanish Republic was threatened, capitalism chose tyranny. So the better men who could not abide that choice came to Spain [to fight]. Today, that same choice confronts us again."
Variety notes that Mediapro is currently shopping the series to potential co-producers. Simon's The Deuce was renewed for a second season at HBO last September.