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Norman Mailer’s ‘Armies of the Night’ Goes to Big Screen

Norman Mailer's 'Armies of the Night' Goes to Big Screen

RadicalMedia plans to bring Norman Mailer’s 1967 historic novel “The Armies of the Night” to the big screen. Stanley Buchthal, Michael Mailer and Joe Berlinger are also on board.

In October 1967, Norman Mailer, along with organizers, artists, activists and writers, led a march of over 100,000 protesters against the Vietnam War from the Lincoln Memorial to the Pentagon.

The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning novel turns on a war-torn country in chaos — the 1960s, a time of assassinations, student protests and shootings, Black Power on the rise, the battle for Civil Rights. Mailer was 44 when he documented this time, and the march, in “Armies of the Night,” subtitled “History as a Novel.”

Joe Berlinger wants to blend fiction and reality, with verite shooting style, while using a fully scripted narrative. The rock and folk music of the time will also be incorporated. No details on casting yet, though it has begun, and shooting will commence later this year.

John Buffalo Mailer will write the script, with Berlinger directing. Michael Mailer, Jon Kamen and Stanley Buchthal will produce.

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