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History channel, Ridley Scott team for Civil War movie -- EXCLUSIVE

Image Credit: Casey Crafford/History Channel

It’s like Shark Week with muskets.

History is set to announce a new annual programming event marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Key to the plan is Gettysburg, a film commissioned by the network and produced by the Scott brothers — Ridley (Gladiator) and Tony (Man on Fire). The film promises to strip away the romanticized veneer of the war and present the engagement as “a visceral, terrifying experience” using reenactment footage and CGI, while focusing on the stories of soldiers on the ground.

History will fill the week with Civil War-themed episodes of shows like Pawn Stars, American Pickers, and other specials, including the two-hour Grant & Lee, a look at the two iconic generals of the war. In addition, the network is launching a four-year national education campaign on the subject. READ FULL STORY


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