NBC is teaming up with The Tudors creator Michael Hirst to create a new event series that charts the meteoric rise of musical legends The Beatles.
The network is in early stages of developing the eight-episode series, with Michael Hirst set to write the scripts and executive produce alongside The Tudors producers Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg. The project reunites Michael Hirst with NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt, who gave the green light for The Tudors while he ran Showtime.
Despite the massive popularity and influence of The Beatles and members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, there have been very few attempts to tell the band's story on both the big screen and small screen. The 2010 feature Nowhere Boy charted lead singer John Lennon's early years, and there is another feature project currently in development entitled The Fifth Beatle, which tells the life story of the band's longtime manager, Brian Epstein. Peyton Reed is attached to direct The Fifth Beatle, which has been granted access to John Lennon and Paul McCartney's music catalog.
The project is just the latest to show NBC's commitment to event programming, following the mini-series Rosemary's Baby and a 12-part follow-up to History Channel's The Bible. Michael Hirst also created History Channel's hit series Vikings, and Ben Silverman is serving as an executive producer on CW's IZombie.