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Old April 9th, 2011, 04:27 AM   #1

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To Appomattox: HBO mini-series


I thought all the Civil War enthusiast would enjoy this.
Looks very promising and has a well put together cast.

This is what executive producer Michael Beckner had to say on another forum:

"The dramatic "spine" if you will is Grant's memoir--the 8 episodes begin with his entry to West Point and proceed through his funeral. That, however, makes up a "half" of the portrayed action. The other half is the war in the East before Grant arrives.

My bonafides--if you will... From the beginning of this undertaking (13 Episodes before I discovered there was no network appetite), I was mentored by John Simon (founder of the Ulysses Grant Association and original editor of the Grant Papers). After John's death, and after the series reduced to 8 episodes, Dr. John Marszalek (biographer of Sherman and Halleck) vetted every line of every script for accuracy. I am indebted to both these mighty scholars.

The director I have hired, Mikael Salomon won the Director Emmy for BAND OF BROTHERS, did ROME and beyond his other Emmy noms, is an Academy Award nominated cinematographer for Cameron, Spielberg, and Ron Howard. He will shoot this perfectly.

West Point has come on board with our sound department. All weapons and loads--minie balls, solid and cased shot, cannister--will be fired and recorded "live."

We will film interiors in Canada, but all exteriors--troop movements, battles, encampments--will be shot in PA and NC.

My intention in posting here comes from my understanding that I have taken upon my shoulders a task much greater than one man can accomplish. This series will be made. If it is great, it will not be done again... If I fail it also will not be done again. It is upon my shoulders not only to have the drama, the dialogue of every scene correct, but EVERYTHING the audience sees.

West Point and the Gettysburg Foundation have come forward in a big way to make sure uniforms, flags, Corps patches on caps, etc. will be historically accurate. I worry, however, when I recreat Pickett's Charge--how do I get the "left oblique" correct? How, at Spotslyvania will Lee's breastworks be accurate?

The Cornfield at Antietam? The Bloody Lane?

I hold so much responsibilty and if I don't do it right... I fail every one of us.

GETTYSBURG and GODS AND GENERALS are wonderful--because they do it--but they're so flawed.
We have a chance with TO APPOMATTOX and it must be PERFECT. We owe it to our ancestors; we owe it to our country..."

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Old April 9th, 2011, 07:06 AM   #2

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When is it supposed to premiere?
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Old April 9th, 2011, 08:13 AM   #3

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It says to be broadcast in 2013. I don't think they've shot it yet.
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Well gee...........
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Old April 9th, 2011, 01:17 PM   #5

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Well gee...........
Sorry to get your hopes up so soon.
Better early than late though.
Latest word is this might happen before the 2013 date. One of the interested networks would like it to air in 2012 instead of 2013.

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Sorry to get your hopes up so soon.
Better early than late though.
Latest word is this might happen before the 2013 date. One of the interested networks would like it to air in 2012 instead of 2013.

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I'm glad they haven't shot it yet. It means I have a shot at getting cast in it.
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Old April 11th, 2011, 04:38 PM   #7

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I'm glad they haven't shot it yet. It means I have a shot at getting cast in it.
You might have some competition, I know Patrick Gorman is talking with Mr. Beckner right now trying to get a part in the series.

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Dexter as Grant is an interesting call. I'm not crazy about Will Patton as Gen. Lee, but I love the idea of William Peterson as Sherman, and Dwight Yoakam as Meade. I'll be interested to see who they cast as Custer, and if there's any justice in the world, they'll go with Lance Henriksen as Abe Lincoln.

Needless to say, if anyone here hears about casting for extras for this, drop a line. I'll do the same.
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Old April 11th, 2011, 04:54 PM   #9

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Dexter as Grant is an interesting call.

Needless to say, if anyone here hears about casting for extras for this, drop a line. I'll do the same.
It might be a good match. Dexter is a serial killer right? And then you have Grant "the butcher".
Keep an eye out, Will be sending you a private message.

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You might have some competition, I know Patrick Gorman is talking with Mr. Beckner right now trying to get a part in the series.

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I've never not had competition, lol. I'm not counting on a big role or anything but if they shoot it in the Southeast I'll get a shot at a minor role, more than likely.
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