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Shooting is expected to begin this summer on the HBO series Lewis and Clark, based on the book Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose, (S&S, 1996). Starring Casey Affleck as Meriwether Lewis and Matthias Schoenaerts as William Clark, the series is being produced by Tom Hanks’s company, Playtone, along with Brad Pitt’s Plan B. Entertainment. It is expected to be released some time in 2016.

Playtone, with Steven Spielberg, adapted another book by Ambrose Band of Brothers (1992) into a successful HBO series in 2001 just before the author’s death in 2002.

HBO and Playtone have also aquired the rights to David Mcullough’s The Wright Brothers (S&S; S&S Audio; Thorndike; OverDrive Sample), publishing this week. This will be the second of McCullough’s books the companies have adapted, after 2008’s John Adams.

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