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August 6, 2012

George Nolfi to Direct Cuban Missile Crisis Drama ONE MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT

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The Adjustment Bureau director George Nolfi is looking to tackle the Cuban Missile Crisis.  THR reports that Nolfi is attached to rewrite and direct an adaptation of Michael Dobbs’ 2008 book One Minute to Midnight for Fox 2000.  The story is an hour-by-hour account of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and should make for quite the tension-filled drama.  The initial draft of the script was written by Robert S. Edwards. Nolfi made his directorial debut on The Adjustment Bureau after penning the scripts for films like The Bourne Ultimatum and Ocean’s Twelve.

He was recently in the running to direct the superhero sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier before Marvel ultimately went with Anthony and Joseph Russo for the gig.  I admired the strengths of The Adjustment Bureau, so I’m definitely interested to see more from Nolfi as a director.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for One Minute to Midnight.

one-minute-to-midnight-book-coverHere’s a synopsis for One Minute to Midnight:

In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union appeared to be sliding inexorably toward a nuclear conflict over the placement of missiles in Cuba. Veteran Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs has pored over previously untapped American, Soviet, and Cuban sources to produce the most authoritative book yet on the Cuban missile crisis. In his hour-by-hour chronicle of those near-fatal days, Dobbs reveals some startling new incidents that illustrate how close we came to Armageddon.

Here, for the first time, are gripping accounts of Khrushchev’s plan to destroy the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo; the accidental overflight of the Soviet Union by an American spy plane; the movement of Soviet nuclear warheads around Cuba during the tensest days of the crisis; the activities of CIA agents inside Cuba; and the crash landing of an American F-106 jet with a live nuclear weapon on board.

Dobbs takes us inside the White House and the Kremlin as Kennedy and Khrushchev—rational, intelligent men separated by an ocean of ideological suspicion—agonize over the possibility of war. He shows how these two leaders recognized the terrifying realities of the nuclear age while Castro—never swayed by conventional political considerations—demonstrated the messianic ambition of a man selected by history for a unique mission. As the story unfolds, Dobbs brings us onto the decks of American ships patrolling Cuba; inside sweltering Soviet submarines and missile units as they ready their warheads; and onto the streets of Miami, where anti-Castro exiles plot the dictator’s overthrow.

Based on exhaustive new research and told in breathtaking prose, here is a riveting account of history’s most dangerous hours, full of lessons for our time. [Amazon]

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