Director and writer Barry Levinson at the 30th anniversary celebration of the film "Diner" (1982) at Johns Hopkins University in 2011.
Director and writer Barry Levinson at the 30th anniversary celebration of the film "Diner" (1982) at Johns Hopkins University in 2011. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana, whose TV credits extend back to NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" and HBO's "Oz," have been signed by the National Geographic Channel to do a miniseries on the last days of the American Embassy in Saigon.

The production titled "Last Man Out," will chronicle the evacuation of the embassy at the end of American involvement in the Vietnam War. It will be written by Fontana and executive produced by him and Levinson.

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The announcement, which was made Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles, was reported by TheWrap.

"Last Man Out" is expected to premiere in 2016, according to National Geographic Channel CEO Courteney Monroe.

"We haven't traditionally been the port of call for A-list creators and actors and writers," Monroe said, referring to the Levinson-Fontana project as well as another from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard about the colonization of Mars.

"Partially we haven't had the budget to support their ideas, and partially because it hasn't really been our ambition. But they are really excited to work with us and to work in support of the National Geographic brand. So they came to us, and we're thrilled that they did."

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