The producer of the hit zombie TV series The Walking Dead Gale Anne Hurd is developing a new series with her Valhalla Entertainment production company based on the legendary Area 51. The series will be based on a book they optioned called Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base, which was written by Annie Jacobsen. The book itself gives some interesting information on highly classified military base. The information she gathered came from people who actually worked on the base.
The show is being planned as a hour-long drama, and it will follow two men working on the base who are thrust into danger when they uncover secrets that the government will protect at any cost. The series will be written by Karl Gajdusek (Dead Like Me).
This could easily turn out to be one hell of a great TV series. Area 51 has fascinated people for years. A show like this has a huge target market, and if done right it could be another big hit for Hurd. I'm excited to see how this turns out! What do you all think about a TV series based around Area 51? I'm actually surprised a show like this didn't happen sooner with J.J. Abrams. It seems like something he would have done.
Here's a full description of the book:
It is the most famous military installation in the world. And it doesn't exist. Located a mere seventy-five miles outside of Las Vegas in Nevada's desert, the base has never been acknowledged by the U.S. government-but Area 51 has captivated imaginations for decades.
Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing itself was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.
Annie Jacobsen had exclusive access to nineteen men who served the base proudly and secretly for decades and are now aged 75-92, and unprecedented access to fifty-five additional military and intelligence personnel, scientists, pilots, and engineers linked to the secret base, thirty-two of whom lived and worked there for extended periods. In Area 51, Jacobsen shows us what has really gone on in the Nevada desert, from testing nuclear weapons to building super-secret, supersonic jets to pursuing the War on Terror.
This is the first book based on interviews with eye witnesses to Area 51 history, which makes it the seminal work on the subject. Filled with formerly classified information that has never been accurately decoded for the public, Area 51 weaves the mysterious activities of the top-secret base into a gripping narrative, showing that facts are often more fantastic than fiction, especially when the distinction is almost impossible to make.