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Tommy Lee Jones May Direct AMC's REAL ALL AMERICANS Football Drama

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AMC continues it's TV dominance, and is developing a football drama called The Real All Americans. THR reports that the network is in the early stages of development on the football drama. The project is based on Sally Jenkins’ book about the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Penn. It will tell the story of "the school's storied football program created by U.S. cavalry officer Richard Henry Pratt, an abolitionist and early equal rights proponent who made a harrowing journey to the Dakota Territory in 1879 to recruit the school's first students."

Tommy Lee Jones is currently in talks to step behind the camera to direct the pilot. The script is being penned by Nicholas Meyer (writer of various Star Trek films), with Harry J. Ufland on board as producer. 

Here are some stats about the football program:

Pratt’s football program had a stunning record of 167-88-13 and produced a string of famous athletes and coaches – including Olympian Jim Thorpe and coach Glenn “Pop” Warner. The subject matter is close to Jones’ heart. The actor, who grew up in Texas, is of Cherokee descent. He also played defensive tackle at Harvard, where he was a 1968 All-Ivy League nominee and played in the infamous ’68 Harvard-Yale game that featured a stunning 16-point Harvard comeback in the final minute. Jones recounted the story for the 2008 documentary Harvard Beats Yale 29-29.

I am a huge fan of The Killing, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. AMC has a history of producing solid must-watch TV shows. Do you think that this show sound like something you would watch?

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