Former MTV News Personality Gideon Yago Penning Vietnam War-Era Drama For Starz
First Published: April 9, 2013 9:29 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
BURBANK, Calif. -- Former MTV News personality Gideon Yago is developing a new series for cable network Starz with “Spartacus” Executive Producer Rob Tapert, centered around the Vietnam War.
On Tuesday, the network confirmed Yago (who was a writer on Season 1 of HBO’s “Newsroom,” the Aaron Sorkin drama) was teaming up with Tapert for the “coming of age story.”
Yago would pen the show, which would follow a helicopter crew battling for “survival, sanity [and] their souls” during the Vietnam War, per Starz.
“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,” Yago said in a statement.
Tapert said he was looking forward to producing the show.
“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,” he said in a statement.
Tapert’s current series for Starz – “Spartacus: War of the Damned” – concludes its run this Friday night at 9 PM.
-- Jolie Lash
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