USA, Gibson Collaborate on Iraq Series
Cable network also looking for WWE-compatible shows
The cable channel says it's developing a limited-run series set in post-Saddam Iraq with Icon Productions, the company headed by actor-director Mel Gibson. The project, called "Peace Out," is one of several original shows USA hyped at its upfront presentation Tuesday.
Also in the works are a dramedy called "Stuck in Paradise," about a tennis pro who works at a resort; "Burn Notice," about an ex-CIA operative who uses his training to help people in need; and several projects aimed at viewers of "WWE Raw," including unscripted shows about street racing and high-stakes gambling.
"Peace Out," the showbiz trade papers report, is a fact-based tale of two guys who travel to Baghdad following the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime in search of thrills. It's projected as a six-hour limited series and will combine drama with dark comedy, a la "M*A*S*H."
It's unclear whether Gibson would take an active role in producing the series. The "Passion of the Christ" director, who's currently filming "Apocalypto" in Mexico, has had varying levels of involvement on Icon shows in the past, ranging from directing and guest-starring on ABC's sitcom "Complete Savages" to not even taking an exec producer credit on the UPN series "Kevin Hill."
"Peace Out" would be the second Iraq-war series to make it to cable, after FX's "Over There," which focused on soldiers. HBO is also reportedly considering a comedy called "Hotel Palestine" about journalists covering the war.