Untitled John Adams Miniseries (USA) (working title)
Starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney, executive produced by Playtone's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and directed by Emmy®-winner Tom Hooper, JOHN ADAMS is a seven-part epic miniseries event that explores American history through the eyes of one of the greatest of the founding fathers, John Adams (Giamatti), a fiercely independent spirit whose unwavering vision steered America through a tumultuous period.
Based on David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, the miniseries is produced for HBO Films by Playtone.
JOHN ADAMS taps into the uncertainty and intensity surrounding the birth of the American republic and its first 50 years. With the fervent support of his wife Abigail (Linney), and through a lifelong political rivalry and friendship with Thomas Jefferson (Stephen Dillane), Adams rose to be the leader of the American independence movement, the nation's first ambassador to Holland and England, the first American Vice President, the second American President, and father of the sixth American President.
Drawn from an extensive collection of letters, diaries and family papers, David McCullough's biography of John Adams was a New York Times best seller, and proclaimed by Time magazine as a "masterwork of storytelling. … a rollicking ensemble drama featuring a collection of giants." The New Yorker hailed it as a "stirring history. [McCullough's] vivid storytelling will surely persuade a generation to look again at this obstinate, brave, and most deeply philosophical of American patriarchs."
HBO and Playtone previously collaborated on the acclaimed 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers, which received six Emmys®, including Outstanding Miniseries, and the Golden Globe for best miniseries. In addition, Hanks was the executive producer of the 1998 HBO miniseries From The Earth To The Moon, which received three Emmys®, including Outstanding Miniseries.
The beautiful and moving score for JOHN ADAMS is by composers Rob Lane and Joseph Vitarelli. The score is an exceptional and poignant work.
- Varèse Sarabande