UCP, a division Universal Studio Group, is developing a limited series based on Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War and War and Remembrance with Fuzzy Door’s Seth MacFarlane and Erica Huggins, via their overall television deal with NBCUniversal.
The Winds of War is the first development project announced by NBCUniversal since MacFarlane and Fuzzy Door inked their television deal in January 2020.
“We are thrilled to announce The Winds of War (and War and Remembrance) as the first of many projects we are developing with Fuzzy Door. This is an epic story of valor, perseverance, survival and family that will be retold through a current lens,” said Dawn Olmstead, President, UCP.
“I’m very excited about our partnership with Seth as he looks to expand his oeuvre in the next phase of his career.”
“I can’t think of a more exciting project with which to launch my creative partnership with UCP than Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War. I’ve been a devoted fan of Wouk’s WWII epic for decades, and its depiction of small-scale human endurance in the face of large-scale global upheaval has never been more relevant than it is today,” added Said MacFarlane.
“In my very first meeting with Dawn Olmstead, we connected over this project — I learned that she herself comes from a Naval family — and to bring it to fruition under her stewardship and that of her UCP team will be a perfect fit for all. We can’t wait to get started.”
“We are thrilled to have our first project with UCP be something that exemplifies Fuzzy Door’s intentions that we are looking to take risks, think outside the box and find stories that are urgent and entertaining,” said Erica Huggins, President, Fuzzy Door.
UCP’s The Winds of War will be written and executive produced by MacFarlane and Seth Fisher. Erica Huggins will executive produce for Fuzzy Door.
The Winds of War is the epic story of one American family’s turbulent voyage across the continents and across the years that spanned the Second World War.
The series is based on the acclaimed American War novels The Winds of War and War and Remembrance by Pulitzer Prize winner Herman Wouk.
MacFarlane is a prolific producer and creator behind some of the most popular content on television and film, while also expanding his career in the worlds of music and philanthropy. At 24, MacFarlane became the youngest showrunner in television history when his animated series Family Guy aired on FOX.
MacFarlane also serves as co-creator, executive producer and voice actor on American Dad!. Under his Fuzzy Door shingle, MacFarlane created, currently executive produces and stars in Hulu’s live-action space adventure series, The Orville.
He also executive produced both 21st century installments of the Cosmos series, Cosmos: Possible Worlds, which will make its broadcast debut this fall on FOX, and the 13-Emmy nominated Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey.
On the film side, MacFarlane voiced, co-wrote, produced and made his feature directorial debut in 2012 with the then-highest-grossing original R-rated comedy film of all time, Ted. Fresh off the success of the film, he hosted the 85th Academy Awards, where he was also nominated for Best Original Song from Ted, and released the sequel Ted 2.
Up next, he and Fuzzy Door are premiering Books of Blood, a feature film based on Clive Barker’s influential and acclaimed horror anthology book of the same name, on October 7 for Hulu.