Spike TV has picked up the rights to a six-part event series based on the 1993 FBI siege on the Branch Davidian compound in Elk, TX northeast of Waco.
The series, titled “Waco,” will star Michael Shannon as lead FBI negotiator Gary Noesner. Shannon is best known for his parts in “Revolutionary Road” and “Boardwalk Empire.”
Taylor Kitsch, who starred in “Friday Night Lights,” will play the role of David Koresh.
According to a release on Spike TVs website, the series is based on two biographies, A Place Called Waco, written by David Thibodeau, one of the nine survivors of the fire, and Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator, written by Noesner.
The series, written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle and directed by John Erick Dowdle, will go into production next spring.
The standoff lasted 51 days before the FBI launched and assault and used tear gas in an attempt to force the Branch Davidians out of the ranch. During the attack, a fire engulfed the compound, killing 76 people, including Koresh.