NBC found great success with their stage production of The Sound of Music Live in 2013, and are now ready to unleash Peter Pan Live! this December. Already considering what they may do for an encore in 2015, the network is considering a live staging of A Few Good Men.
The 1992 movie starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore was originally based on Aaron Sorkin's play, which will serve as the basis for this live show. The network is already in the stages of working out an agreement with Aaron Sorkin to make the production become a reality. The show put Aaron Sorkin on the map as a writer when it hit Broadway in 1989. And the feature film proved to be a smash hit.
Both the play and the movie adaptation of A Few Good Men follow a court-martial case against two Marines accused of killing a fellow serviceman. Directed by Rob Reiner, the film earned four Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Supporting actor for Jack Nicholson.
The hope now is that Aaron Sorkin will update the play for today's social climate. The plans are still being figured out, with no cast or crew in place just yet. There is no premiere date set. A Few Good Men will be the first non-musical live show that NBC has done since it rejuvenated the genre for the network. Other non-musicals may also be in the works, but none were named.
While feature-length live dramas were a staple of 50s and 60s television, they died out in the 70s. The last attempt at a live drama on TV was 2000's Fail Safe on CBS, which was executive produced and starred George Clooney. It was the first such telecast on network TV in 39 years.