"The Wire" creator David Simon is developing a new TV project set during the Spanish Civil War.
"A Dry Run," for which Simon is working with the Spanish production company Mediapro, would follow members of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion, Americans who journeyed to Spain in the 1930s to fight in the war. The project has no connection so far to HBO, home to Simon's current series, "The Deuce," which is gearing up for a second season. No timetable for the series has been set.
Simon, a onetime reporter for The Baltimore Sun, confirmed in an email that the project is in development, "among a few others."
The proposed series, Simon told Variety, will offer a "compelling and tragic narrative."
He added, the "Spanish struggle against fascism and the misuse of capitalism as a bulwark to totalitarianism" represent "the preeminent political narrative of the 20th century and of our time still."
The Spanish Civil War, fought from 1936 to 1939, pitted the Republicans, loyal to the existing government, against the rebel Nationalists, led by General Francisco Franco. Often seen as a prelude to World War II, the conflict saw an eventual victory by Franco's forces. Although the U.S. maintained official neutrality during the conflict, many Americans, including members of the Lincoln Battalion, fought against Franco's rebels.
Calling the Spanish Civil war "a dry run for the maelstrom to come," Simon told Variety, "But more than that, the events of 1936 to 1939 made clear that capitalism — while it may be an elemental tool for generating mass wealth — offers no moral answer to how people can live or how societies thrive."