A new project just got the greenlight with VEEP’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the helm. The source material, the non-fiction book “Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War” by Helen Thorpe, will be turned into a miniseries for HBO. Louis-Dreyfus, who has served as executive producer on most of the later series she has starred in, will take the task alongside her husband Brad Hall. Set to pen the screenplay is former soldier Nicole Riegel in her first TV adaptation. She has written as yet unproduced wartime scripts but now alongside Louis-Dreyfus will be to bring this story to the HBO screen.
Regarding the book Amazon states –
Helen Thorpe follows the lives of three women over twelve years on their paths to the military, overseas to combat, and back home…and then overseas again for two of them. These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated. We see their families, their lovers, their spouses, their children. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to their families back home. We see some of them drink too much, have affairs, and react to the deaths of fellow soldiers. And we see what happens to one of them when the truck she is driving hits an explosive in the road, blowing it up. She survives, but her life may never be the same again.
Deeply reported, beautifully written, and powerfully moving, “Soldier Girls” is “a breakthrough work…What Thorpe accomplishes in Soldier Girls is something far greater than describing the experience of women in the military. The book is a solid chunk of American history…Thorpe triumphs” (“The New York Times Book Review”).
HBOWatch will share more as this project comes to fruition.