Tim Robbins' Play, 'Embedded,' Coming to TV

By: E&P Staff Embedded war reporters are nothing new on TV, but they will arrive in a quite different -- and more unfavorable -- form in March when a movie based on Tim Robbins' off-Broadway play, "Embedded," will be shown on cable.

The Sundance Channel has acquired television rights to "Embedded," which Robbins directed and starred in, it was announced this week. The TV version will air March 20. The play drew mixed reviews but large crowds at New York's Public Theater during its run last year.

According to a press release on the TV deal, "Embedded" is a "satire about the madness surrounding the brave women and men on the front lines in a Middle-Eastern conflict. The film ... parodies compliant embedded journalists, scheming government officials, a show-tune-singing colonel, and the media's insatiable desire for heroes."

Robbins, who also wrote the play, said, "Its extended life has been made possible by the audiences that have embraced it, the war correspondents who have seen and legitimized it in post show discussions, and the veterans who have appreciated its emotional core."


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