'A Few Good Men' returns to stage in 2017 for live TV production
NBC just ordered a Code Red. A Few Good Men was a Broadway play way back in 1989 before it was a blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise. And now we’ll be able to see it as writer Aaron Sorkin meant it to be seen: live on stage. And, well, on TV.
You want the truth?!? NBC announced Wednesday that a live presentation of A Few Good Men will air on the network in early 2017.
A Few Good Men will be the first live drama the network has offered. Previous live productions were musicals, beginning with The Sound of Music Live in 2013. Other productions have included Peter Pan Live and The Wiz Live.
Sorkin has been largely absent from broadcast TV over the last decade. He followed up the award-winning West Wing series with lesser-appreciated offerings such as Sports Night and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - two series adored by critics but ignored by viewers. But he found another hot streak lately with HBO’s The Newsroom and the feature film Steve Jobs, which scored Sorkin a Golden Globe for best screenplay.
No casting announcements have been made for the 2017 production. For the 1989 Broadway show, Tom Hulce (Amadeus) played the role of Lt. Daniel Kaffee, a brilliant but disinterested Navy lawyer who is assigned to defend Marines on trial for murder. Cruise played the lead role in the 1992 movie adaption, which was nominated for four Academy Awards.
The play is based on events that actually took place at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in 1986.