Relativity Television and The Jay & Tony Show have teamed with Vega Baby Prods to develop and produce a limited series based on the book First Seal by Roy Boehm and Charles W. Sasser.
First Seal tells the life story of U.S. Navy SEALs founder Roy Boehm. A highly decorated combat veteran, Boehm spent a lifetime fighting clandestine operations throughout the world. Boehm was so aggressive and mission-oriented that, at one point, he had five court-martials pending against him. But considered the best of the best, then-President John F. Kennedy turned to Boehm to form, lead and train the the world’s toughest commando force, the U.S. Navy SEALs. Drawing on his expertise as a diver and member of the Navy’s Underwater Demolitions Teams, Boehm set out to invent a disciplined, dedicated, and ruthless force capable of attack from sea, air, and land. He died in 2008 at the age of 84.
The world of Navy SEALs is a familiar territory for Relativity, which distributed the hit Navy SEAL movie Act Of Valor and is currently working on feature Fearless, based on Eric Blehm’s bestselling book about SEAL Team Six operator Adam Brown.
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Jay Blumenfield, Tony Marsh and Scott Cushing will executive produce First Seal for The Jay & Tony Show, and Adam Ripp will exec produce for Vega Baby Prods along with Ed Vinson.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to bring the extraordinary life story of Roy Boehm to the world,” said Ripp. “As storytellers, a limited series gives us the crucial time needed to respectfully and artfully explore his incredible journey which truly reads like a real-life action adventure movie.”
Vega Baby’s most recent productions include caper comedy Gambit, starring Colin Firth, and action-thriller Everly starring Salma Hayek.
In TV, Relativity has new new CBS drama series Limitless, based on the company’s 2011 movie.
The networks have been interested in limited-run series about American heroes. NBC recently gave a straight-to-series six-episode order to Weinstein Co.’s miniseries adaptation of The Reaper: Autobiography Of One Of The Deadliest Special Ops Snipers by Nicholas Irving, the U.S. Army 3rd Ranger Battalion’s deadliest sniper.
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