Former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff’s upcoming book about 9/11 hasn’t hit stores yet, but it’s already on its way to becoming a TV series.
Deadline first reported that Lionsgate Television Group and 3 Arts plan to mount a limited series based on Zuckoff’s “Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11,” a minute-by-minute retelling of the stories of 24 people whose lives were irrevocably changed on Sept. 11, 2001.
Zuckoff, who wrote the story that ran on the front page of the Globe the day after the attacks, confirmed in an email that the goal is for the series to debut around the 20th anniversary of 9/11, in 2021, and that Lionsgate and 3 Arts are in the process of shopping the project to both broadcast and cable networks as well as streaming services.
Zuckoff, who is now the Sumner M. Redstone Professor of Narrative Studies at Boston University’s College of Communication and is married to Globe photographer Suzanne Kreiter, told Boston.com in January that he was inspired to write “Fall and Rise” because he didn’t believe that there was one single book you could give someone who didn’t live through 9/11 that told the whole story of that day.
“We’ve got an entire generation with no personal memories of what happened,” Zuckoff said. “There are wonderful books out there about 9/11, but you’re not going to necessarily hand them a shelf full of books about the Towers and about the Pentagon and about Shanksville and about Flight 93.
“I thought if I could find a way to capture the entire episode, all of it, then it would really have value,” Zuckoff continued, “both for those of us who were there, who have the memories but they’re starting to fade, and also those people who need to know about how these events changed our world but have no way to connect to it.”
“Fall and Rise” will be released by HarperCollins on April 30.