“The Walking Dead” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and her Valhalla Entertainment have optioned Annie Jacobsen’s book “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base” for a potential TV series, reports Deadline.
The hourlong project, which will be taken out to the networks shortly, will be written by feature scribe Karl Gajdusek. “It will follow two men working on the base who are thrust into danger when they uncover secrets that the government will protect at any cost.”
Jacobsen’s “Area 51” sheds light on the highly classified military base, which has been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories claiming that it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, nuclear facilities or even the lunar landing, supposedly staged and filmed there. Jacobsen interviewed 19 men who served the base and another 55 who had links to Area 51, including living and working there for extended periods. The book chronicles what has really gone on in the Nevada desert, from testing nuclear weapons to building super-secret, supersonic jets to pursuing the War on Terror.
There are a lot of cool directions this can go, some even terrifying, so it all depends on if they choose fact or fiction. I prefer fiction.