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Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men is NBC's next live production

Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men is NBC's next live production

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A Few Good Men, the Aaron Sorkin stage play that spawned the classic line "You can't handle the truth!" is set to be NBC's next live production in 2017. TheWrap reports that Sorkin has been tapped to adapt the play for the small screen.

Sorkin, known for a work that includes The West Wing, The Social Network, and Steve Jobs, actually made his debut with A Few Good Men in 1989. Based loosely on a real-life court martial case from 1986, the play focuses on inexperienced Navy lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee, who must defend three Marines on trial for the murder of a comrade. It earned a Tony nomination for Best Actor, and, after being adapted for the big screen, earned four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

NBC is going from The Wiz to sober military drama

Of course, the play's pedigree doesn't make it any less strange that NBC's next live spectacle will be a sober military drama. The last few years have brought audiences such outsized productions as Peter Pan Live and The Wiz Live, both of which featured dazzling set design and a few off-kilter performances. One wonders if the network can get Jack Nicholson to reprise his film role, but with a little tap dance thrown in.