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SEAL Team Six drama series coming from Weinsteins

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A drama series about Navy SEAL Team Six is coming from some heavy-hitting Hollywood talent.

The Weinstein Company has teamed with famed writer William Broyles (Apollo 13, Castaway) and History Channel for an ambitious new show. Titled SIX, the series is a scripted drama, yet inspired by real missions.

“The idea originally came to me when I read about Boko Haram kidnapping school children in Africa,” executive producer Harvey Weinstein said. “I thought about how would our world react and it brought on the idea of creating a series about the world of SEAL Team Six because the story felt as poignant and timely as ever. Each year will feature a different theater of war — the first starting in Africa. We then brought on Bill, whom I long admired, along with David to write the pilot. They took my idea and developed a brilliant script for the project and added authenticity to the world in a way that only firsthand experience could possibly bring. SIX is a series that recognizes this country’s great heroes and soldiers, and there’s no doubt that it will make for some of the most important, provocative television seen in ages. While we had vast interest from other networks, our great relationship with Nancy Dubuc, Paul Buccieri and Barry Jossen made History the clear choice.”

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The series will be written by William Broyles along with David Broyles, a military special operations veteran. The first season follows the SEAL team during a 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan that goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists.

The series promises to chronicle the “real missions capturing what these SEALs do, their complex personal lives, and the life-and-death decisions they make.” Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Mitchell Hall (Zero Dark Thirty) will serve as the series’ technical advisor. Executive producers include both Broyles, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Alfredo Barrios Jr. (Burn Notice), and George W. Perkins (Live from Baghdad).

“The backdrop surrounding this elite team of American soldiers — from their lives at home to the astonishing bravery they display serving our country — provides an amazing canvas for stories that deserve to be told,” enthused Paul Buccieri, president of History.