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The Manhatten Project

Post  Banjo on 2014-03-07, 10:02

New series filming here. Several hundred set builders have already been working in Santa Fe. This should be pretty good. The names mentioned in the article aren't the famous names usually mentioned in the histories of the Project. I'll have to research and see if they were real people. John Benjamin Hickey played the brother of Laura Linney on The Big C.

I can't find any online info on the names being real people who worked on the project but of course info pops up on unrelated real people; but here's more info on "Frank Winter" real or not.  scratch 


http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Broadways-John-Benjamin-Hickey-Daniel-Stern-to-Star-in-WGNs-MANHATTAN-20140206#.Uxn9YIXEH8k

This lists everyone know to be associated with the Project whether at Los Alamos or not, so I'm forced to conclude that the characters are fictitious which gives them more latitude in the writing but will open them up to a more critical look as to veracity because there are still people alive who remember all the little details.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Manhattan_Project_people



Last night on the news they interviewed the casting director. She said they need many extras of all types who will be paid $10.55 an hour. She showed the racks of period clothing that will be used to dress the cast and extras, shelves of hats labeled with "types", scientist, workman, etc. Pretty interesting.

http://www.abqjournal.com/363418/news/los-alamos-a-bomb-project-will-be-tv-series.html

http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S3352491.shtml?cat=504#.Uxn8KYXEH8k


Los Alamos A-bomb project will be TV series

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The set for the new TV series “Manhattan” is being built at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

By Adrian Gomez / Asst. Arts Editor, Reel NM
PUBLISHED: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 12:05 am

The Manhattan Project. It’s a big part of history — especially New Mexico’s.

The research and development projects in Los Alamos that produced the first atomic bombs during World War II will be made into a TV series that follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.

“Manhattan” will begin production in two weeks in and around Santa Fe. The set is being staged at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and crews have transformed the area into a 1940s barrack-style center.

It will premiere on WGN America in July and will run for 13 episodes.
From left, set decks Adam Walker and Paula J. Romero work on the set for the upcoming TV series “Manhattan.” The series will focus on the scientists who participated in The Manhattan Project in the 1940s. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

“I’m excited that this series will highlight New Mexico’s celebrated history and our amazing, picturesque landscapes — I can’t wait to watch it,” said Gov. Susana Martinez.

“Manhattan” will be produced by Tribune Studios, Skydance Television and Lionsgate Television. The production will employ about 200 New Mexico crew members, as well as more than 3,000 resident actors and background talent over the course of the series.

The series is created by Sam Shaw and will be directed by Thomas Schlamme, who directed the critically acclaimed series “The West Wing.”

It will star John Benjamin Hickey as Frank Winter, who is commissioned to help lead the Manhattan Project. Olivia Williams plays his wife, Liza, who is a botanist.

Daniel Stern is Glen Babbit, a mentor to the younger scientists who helps navigate the political minefield of Los Alamos, while Ashley Zukerman plays Charlie Abrams, a brilliant wunderkind who uproots his wife and young twins to move from the East Coast to work on the Manhattan Project.
Gov. Susana Martinez and her new weimaraner, Mica, tour the set of the new TV series “Manhattan.” This part is in the building that was the Brother’s Residence at the College of Santa Fe. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Gov. Susana Martinez and her new Weimaraner, Mica, tour the set of the new TV series “Manhattan.” This part is in the building that was the Brother’s Residence at the College of Santa Fe. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Jon Wax, senior vice president of scripted programming for Tribune Studios and WGN America, said the series is the company’s second foray into scripted television.

He said being able to build a show based on quality production is one of the reasons New Mexico was chosen.

“This is the first time I’ve been able to see this set,” Wax said. “It transports me back to the 1940s to where I can see what went on during that time. That’s what TV is supposed to do for you. It’s supposed to transport us to another place.”

“It’s going to be a quick turnaround for us,” Wax said. “Having 13 episodes to tell the story is just the beginning. We’re already thinking about future seasons.”

“Manhattan” will benefit from the state film incentive package that gives a long-running TV series a 30 percent tax credit on all goods and services in New Mexico.

Martinez announced the filming project in Santa Fe. “The fact that they have chosen to film right here in New Mexico demonstrates that we remain competitive in recruiting films and TV series to our state,” she said.
This undated image provided by the Los Alamos National Laboratory shows the Quonset hut where the bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, was assembled. (Los Alamos National Laboratory/The Associated Press)

This undated image provided by the Los Alamos National Laboratory shows the Quonset hut where the bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, was assembled. (Los Alamos National Laboratory/The Associated Press)

The lot where “Manhattan” will do much of its filming is on state land, acquired from the city of Santa Fe, and designated strictly for economic development projects.

Nick Maniatis, director of the state Film Office, said the project is a coup for the state.

“This is part of our history,” he said. “From the script to the set, I can’t wait to see the show because it’s an important story to tell.”

The Manhattan Project was a top secret project lead by J. Robert Oppenheimer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Scientists worked to develop the first nuclear device, which was detonated at New Mexico’s Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range on July 16, 1945. It is now referred to as the Trinity Site.

The test later led to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in August 1945.

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Re: The Manhatten Project

Post  Banjo on 2014-03-09, 14:13

I can't find any evidence that any of the characters mentioned in the article were real people. I suppose this gives a lot more latitude for dialog and personal behavior in the show but how will they feature the real scientists, Oppenheimer, Bethe, Kistiakowsky , etc. ?  I can't see how it could be very realistic unless there were actors playing them.... scratch

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Robert_Oppenheimer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Bethe

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Kistiakowsky

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Teller

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrico_Fermi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislaw_Ulam

....there are a bunch of others....

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