Spike TV has landed the Taylor Kitsch and Michael Shannon fronted miniseries based on the 1993 standoff in Waco, Texas, between federal agents and the Branch Davidians religious sect.
Waco will be told from multiple perspectives and chronicle the events leading up to and during the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidians ranch. The conflict finally ended in a deadly fire that claimed the lives of four ATF agents and 82 cult members, including leader David Koresh.
Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) stars as Koresh, while Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) will play lead FBI negotiator Gary Noesner.
The project is largely based on Noesner’s biography, Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator, and A Place Called Waco, from surviving Branch Davidian David Thibodeau.
Developed by Weinstein Television, Waco will start production in the spring and will be written by No Escape’s John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle, with John set to direct.
“Waco is a provocative series where the drama and excitement are amplified by the truth and the history surrounding the event, along with a cast of amazing actors including the incredible Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch,” Harvey Weinstein, The Weinstein Co. co-chairman, said in a statement. “We are looking forward to working with Sharon Levy and her team to bring this story to life.”