The American military base Area 51 has long been the subject of crackpot conspiracy theories about alien cover-ups, secret weapon testing and other shady government activity, but it could soon be getting the TV treatment from the executive producer of FX’s The Walking Dead.
Gale Anne Hurd and her company Valhalla Entertainment have decided to turn that crackpot appeal into a new TV series.
Hurd has optioned Annie Jacobsen’s book ‘Area 51: An Uncensored History’ of America’s Top Secret Military Base in the hope of selling the idea for a series to a major network. She has employed writer Karl Gajdusek to create a storyline that will follow a pair of men who uncover a secret while working at the base. They are suddenly plunged into danger as the government will stop at nothing to keep them quiet.
Gajdusek, who is also on board to executive produce with Hurd, has previous experience writing for the Showtime series Dead Like Me, but adapting the Area 51 book will be no easy feat. Jacobsen interviewed 19 men who served on the base as well as another 55 who were linked in some way to Area 51 and it sheds light on nuclear weapons testing, the construction of secret, supersonic jets and advances in the War on Terror. Gadjusek will have to combine these realities with the science-fiction often associated with the Nevada desert base.
Hurd is currently an executive producer for AMC series The Walking Dead and will begin shopping the new series around to networks in the coming weeks. Gajdusek recently penned the upcoming films Oblivion (which will star Tom Cruise) and The Last Days of American Crime. He is now working on a pilot script for ABC titled Last Resort.