I don’t know about anyone else, but when I studied the American Revolution in school, was really fascinated by what I didn’t know and what I would learn. Craig Silverstein, show runner for the up and coming new series from AMC, also worked on the CW series Nikita is now tackling the subject of the American Revolution.
There are many films and shows that have given us a realistic look into the events that took place long ago, before most of us were alive. With the new series Turn, Silverstein plans on making this very dramatic for a war that he himself considers to be less understood than say the Vietnam War, Civil War or World War II. Silverstein had this to say about his new series: “What we’re told in school is that it was a very David vs. Goliath tale, that we fought the British for our freedom,” Silverstein says. “In reality it was a war fought between neighbors, it was fought house to house … there were many people living here who believed they were British subjects and this uprising was a criminal movement that needed to be put down and if the American cause were actually achieved it would lead to chaos. There had been nothing before that to suggest it would work. There were people divided within homes. It wasn’t like we were repelling an alien invasion force, it was more like a divorce.”
In the series, Jamie Bell plays a cabbage farmer, who later becomes a spy for none other than George Washington. The story is loosely based on the book Washington’s Spies: The Story Of America’s First Spy Rings. Silverstein added that “I was surprised to find it was the story about the foundation of modern trade craft and spying. The idea of spying wasn’t really formed until that point. Spies were scouts who crawled over a hill and literally spied down. The idea of somebody staying behind enemy lines and pretending to be somebody they weren’t was a revolutionary idea in and of itself … it was a dishonorable thing and not cool. They were proud of what they achieved but not proud of the way they archived it so the story was buried until like the 1930s until they found these letters.”
A press tour was held for the new series on Saturday, where Silverstein took the time to talk some more about the new series. Silverstein made a point about his new series by stating that there is lots of room for him to keep it going for many seasons, given how much information there is in regards to the Revolutionary War. Silverstein’s final statement about the series had him saying “There’s 10 episodes including our pilot [in the first season] and there are eight years of the war,” he said. “What you’re seeing in the first season is the formation of the Culper Ring. After that there’s all their adventures and missions and incredible tension with Benedict Arnold, who is still today the highest ranked mole in history.”
No date has been set in terms of the pilot’s premiere as of yet.