Starz has put a new hour-long drama series about the Vietnam war into development. The project, titled Airborne, hails from Gideon Yago (a former staff writer on HBO’s The Newsroom) and Spartacus executive producer Rob Tapert. The project comes after Starz just yesterday green-lit production on a new series titled Fortitude, which is a co-production with British broadcaster Sky Atlantic.
Airborne will be written by Yago and has been described as a coming of age story set at the dawn of the Vietnam War. The series follows a young helicopter crew as they fight for survival, sanity, their souls, and each other in a country, and war, that are rapidly descending into chaos. Starz will produced the drama in house, and, as such, will retain all domestic and international multi-platform rights including television, home entertainment, and digital.
Speaking of Airborne, writer Gideon Yago said: “Even though we are using Vietnam and the early days of air cavalry as a backdrop, our hope is to bring the audience timeless stories about what makes a hero and how a group of young people fight to retain their humanity in the midst of a surreal and terrible conflict.”
“This project explores events that continue to be a relevant and engrossing point of conversation today,” commented Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz. “The experiences of these young men and their fight for survival are being brought to life by Gideon Yago and Rob Tapert in a way that has not been done.”
While Executive Producer Rob Tapert added: “We are incredibly excited to be working on a project that holds such continued importance and relevance today. ‘Airborne’ will capture the human story of war — a story of love, loss and sacrifice. It will deliver those elements through a lens that is both surreal and stylized, taking the television audience on a journey they have yet to experience in this genre.”