Variety reports that David Simon (creator of The Wire) and Spain’s Mediapro (The Young Pope) are developing a drama series following “members of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion who came to Spain from the U.S. to fight fascism during the Spanish Civil War” called A Dry Run. George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, who both worked with Simon on The Wire, have signed on to the series as writers. The show is being conceived as a six-hour miniseries, but that could change as development progresses.
Here’s what Simon has to say about A Dry Run beyond offering a “compelling and tragic narrative” of the “Spanish struggle against fascism and the misuse of capitalism as a bulwark to totalitarianism” representing “the preeminent political narrative of the 20th century and of our time still,” specifically on authenticity:
“The style of any work we do bears a basic similarity. We are interested in realism. And we don’t sell much in the way of redemption or happy endings. And, well, 1939 was no happy ending. Nor was it redemptive.”
“[The Spanish Civil War was] a dry run for the maelstrom to come, but more than that, the events of 1936 to 1939 made clear that capitalism – while it may be an elemental tool for generating mass wealth – offers no moral answer to how people can live or how societies thrive.”
“When the Spanish Republic was threatened, capitalism chose tyranny. So the better men who could not abide that choice came to Spain [to fight]. Today, that same choice confronts us again.”
The project is currently being presented to potential co-producers by Mediapro. We’ll keep you updated on the show’s progress.