writer-director Rick Famuyiwa has joined Showtime’s Chicago-set drama project from Lena Waithe, Common, Aaron Kaplan and Fox 21 TV Studios.
With Famuyiwa on board to direct, I hear the project, which has been redeveloped and will be recast, is on track for a series order.
He mentioned that children my age were being killed in these wars and that somebody had to tell their stories. ” He replied, “Yes, kids just like you.” Bob was deeply impacted by the dirty wars of Central America in the 1980s and in many ways these conflicts – and the U. involvement in them – came to define the rest of his life and career.
With grisly stories emerging from Nicaragua (thanks partly to journalists like him), Congress passed the Boland Amendments from 1982 to 1984, which placed limits on U. military assistance to the contras who were attempting to overthrow the Sandinista government through a variety of terrorist tactics.
Examining these documents and being already well-versed on this story – having previously travelled three continents pursuing the investigation for a PBS documentary – Bob became increasingly convinced that the Reagan campaign had in fact sabotaged Carter’s hostage negotiations, possibly committing an act of treason in an effort to make sure that 52 American citizens continued to be held in a harrowing hostage situation until after Reagan secured the election.Bob and his colleague Brian Barger were the first journalists to report on this story in late 1985, which became known as the contra-cocaine scandal and became the subject of a congressional investigation led by then-Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) in 1986.Continuing to pursue leads relating to Iran-Contra during a period in the late 80s when most of Washington was moving on from the scandal, Bob discovered that there was more to the story than commonly understood.I remember asking him why he had to go, why he couldn’t just stay at home with us.
He replied that it was important to go to these places and tell the truth about what was happening there.One of my earliest memories in fact was of my dad about to leave on assignment in the early 1980s to the war zones of El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala, and the heartfelt good-bye that he wished to me and my siblings.