Oliver Stone set to deliver cable TV docu-series

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated Aug 19, 2009 at 3:11 PM EDT

Director Oliver Stone, never a stranger to controversy, will be taking a rare turn on the small screen, bringing a series of history documentaries to US cable television, local media said Wednesday.

Stone, who has courted criticism for his takes on issues including the Vietnam War and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, plans a television event called "Oliver Stone's Secret History of America" on US historic events due to premiere in 2010 on the cable channel Showtime.

"Through this epic 10-hour series, which I feel is the deepest contribution I could ever make in film to my children and the next generation, I can only hope a change in our thinking will result," Stone said in a statement.

"His continuing curiosity about real events of the 20th century has now led him to a documentary series unlike any other, which is why it's perfect for our premium audience," said Showtime entertainment president Robert Greenblatt.

Stone, 62, won Oscars for best director of "Platoon" and "Born on the 4th of July." He is also working on a documentary on the left in Latin America and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.




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