Stephen Gaghan To Direct White City Pilot For AMC
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.22.2014
Taking on the geopolitical drama...
AMC has announced that Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) will direct the network's pilot for their new geopolitical drama White City. The network revealed today that Gaghan will take on the show, which is set in the somewhat surreal ex-pat world of near-present Afghanistan, one of the most discussed and least understood places on earth. It was created by Nick McDonnell and John Dempsey based on their experiences in Afghanistan where McDonnel was a reporter and Dempsey was senior advisor to the late US diplomat, Richard C. Holbrooke.
The show focuses on Jon Liston, a war junkie who has spent the better part of the last decade in Kabul with a front-row seat to the carnage. In the pilot, against the advice of everyone from American embassy staffers to tweeting tribal leaders to the French journalist he's in a relationship with, Jon tragically overreaches in an attempt to talk with insurgent leaders. In the series, Jon must find a new role in Kabul as he attempts to address his guilt, frustration and doubts about whether there is good left for him or any Westerner to do in Afghanistan.
Gaghan said of the show, "Nick and John were actually staying at my house, fresh out of Kabul, when they were going around pitching the show. They then went on to write a truly astonishing script. Which got the attention of another old pal, Chris Mundy. It reminds me of Altman's 'Mash' or a great Hal Ashby script. But really, let's face it, if Coppola was doing 'Apocalypse Now' today, it would be an AMC series."