CBS Greenlights Young Hitler Miniseries
It’s primetime for Hitler, as CBS has greenlit a four-hour miniseries based on the early years of the man who would one day rise to Fuhrer.
“Hitler,” based on historian Ian Kershaw’s biography “Hitler: 1889-1936 Hubris,” will air during one of next year’s sweeps periods.
“I’d be lying if I said we aren’t a bit nervous about attempting to examine one of history’s most heinous characters, but in this age of megalomaniacal terrorism, we feel it is all the more important and relevant,” said Ed Gernon, who will executive produce with Peter Sussman.
Indeed, past Hitler projects have dealt less with the man and more with the world around him. But CBS is said to be high on the new miniseries, which is being produced by Alliance Atlantis.
The Canadian studio previously optioned the rights to “Hubris” and Kershaw’s sequel, “Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis.” “Hubris” became the first Hitler biography to use information gleaned from Nazi propaganda chief Josef Goebbels’ diaries, found a few years ago in Moscow. Kershaw’s book also took a different approach than most, examining the society around Hitler in addition to the man himself.