Robert Zemeckis’ UFO Series Earns a 10 Episode Order

Robert Zemeckis on the set of FLIGHT
Robert Zemeckis on the set of ‘Flight’ (Photo © 2012 Paramount Pictures)

Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) will executive produce Blue Book, a new UFO drama produced by A+E Studios. History’s just announced they’ve given the sci-fi series created and written by David O’Leary a 10 episode season one order, with Jack Rapke (Cast Away) and Jackie Levine (Allied) joining Zemeckis to executive produce.

History hasn’t revealed a potential air date or any casting details.

“Rarely have I been associated with a project that is a perfect fusion of historical fact and extraordinary entertainment,” said Zemeckis. “We are grateful for A+E Studios’ and HISTORY’s support for what I know will be a fabulous series.”

Blue Book is inspired by the true covert events of an era in American history shrouded in mystery,” added Paul Buccieri, President, A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group. “Robert Zemeckis and the creative team have shaped an incredibly compelling narrative, building upon HISTORY’s unique, growing brand of fact-based scripted programming.”

The Plot: Blue Book chronicles the true top secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950’s and 60’s known as “Project Blue Book.” The series follows Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a brilliant college professor recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead this clandestine operation that researched thousands of cases, many of which were never solved. Each episode will draw from the actual files, blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in United States history.