9/11 drama The Looming Tower, based on the book of the same name by Lawrence Wright, is close to securing a ten episode series order at streaming service Hulu.
The Looming Tower was originally published back in 2006 and examines the chain of events that led to the September 11th terrorist attacks. Of particular focus is the rising threat of Bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda network throughout the 1990s and how dysfunction at the heart of government, the FBI and CIA prevented U.S. authorities from identifying and disrupting the attack. Lawrence Wright won a Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for his work on the book.
Richard A. Clarke (pictured, below), the former counter-terror chief at the National Security Council during Clinton’s two terms and George Bush’s first few years in office, who is well known for his zealous attempts to convince both administrations of the Bin Laden threat prior to 9/11, features prominently in the book. Clarke was so well versed in Al-Qaeda and their tactics that on the day of the attacks, National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice stepped aside and named him crisis manager. The tragic story of John P. O’Neill, a senior FBI counter-terrorism agent who died during the attacks, is also explored.
The project hails from Legendary Television and will be written by Oscar nominee Dan Futterman (Capote, Judging Amy) and Alex Gibney (The New Yorker Presents). Futterman, Gibney and original author Lawrence Wright will serve as the executive producers. Like another Hulu original about a tragic even in U.S. history, 11/22/63, it is expected that, owing to the subject matter, The Looming Tower will consist of one single ten episode season. Deadline was firs to report the news of the impending series order.
This is not the first time that the long-road that led to 9/11 has been explored in a scripted form. ABC previously produced miniseries The Path To 9/11, which aired on the fifth anniversary of the attacks and starred Harvey Keitel, Stephen Root and Penny Johnson Jerald. That mini, which was based on the 9/11 Commission Report rather than Right’s book, proved to be controversial when it aired and has not been subsequently re-run or released on home-video due to the criticisms that the producers misrepresented historical events and fabricated scenes to heighten dramatic tension.