HBO’s television mini-series “American Lion,” an adaptation of the Jon Meacham written book of the same title, will star Sean Penn as Andrew Jackson. This HBO production revolves around the story of Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States.
With more than 60 combined television and film credits to his name, Penn has been working in the entertainment industry for more than 40 years. Beginning in the mid-1970s with two episodes of the biographical period drama “Little House on the Prairie,” Penn has proven time and again he has the acting ability to work on almost any genre he sets his mind.
The mini-series, currently in pre-production, will be directed by Phillip Noyce. Having already occupied the directorial chair for productions such as “Patriot Games” (1992), “Clear and Present Danger” (1994), “Rabbit-Proof Fence” and “The Quiet American” (2002), Noyce is not a newcomer to the rigors of directing.
“American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House,” the source material for the HBO television mini-series, was originally published in 2008. Like other books of historical significance HBO has brought to the small screen, Meacham’s work is held in high regard by numerous historians and professors of American history.
The teleplay for the mini-series was written by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro. With the writers having previously worked together on “The Great Raid” (2005), “The Uninvited” (2009), “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (2010) and “The Great Wall” (2016), the screenwriters have a well-documented history as writing collaborators.
Originally, the production was scheduled to hit American television screens in 2017. Due to circumstances beyond its control, HBO pushed the production back to 2018.
Currently, the exact date HBO will be televising its biographical period drama remains unknown.