First details of Seth MacFarlane’s new show unveiled

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MacFarlane’s Fuzzy Door company will set up the series under his new $200 million deal…

The Orville and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has revealed details of his new drama series for NBCUniversal, the first project to be developed within his $200 million deal with the company after leaving Fox earlier this year.

Along with The Alienist‘s Seth Fisher, MacFarlane will adapt Herman Wouk’s books The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, which follow one American family’s “turbulent voyage across the continents and across the years that spanned World War II.” The author’s books were previously adapted as a miniseries starring Robert Mitchum.

“I can’t think of a more exciting project with which to launch my creative partnership with UCP than Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War,” MacFarlane said. “I’ve been a devoted fan of Wouk’s WWII epic for decades, and its depiction of small-scale human endurance in the face of large-scale global upheaval has never been more relevant than it is today. In my very first meeting with [UCP president] Dawn Olmstead, we connected over this project — I learned that she herself comes from a Naval family — and to bring it to fruition under her stewardship and that of her UCP team will be a perfect fit for all. We can’t wait to get started.”

“We are thrilled to announce The Winds of War (and War and Remembrance) as the first of many projects we are developing with Fuzzy Door. This is an epic story of valour, perseverance, survival and family that will be retold through a current lens,” Olmstead said. “I’m very excited about our partnership with Seth as he looks to expand his oeuvre in the next phase of his career.”

More soon.