ABC Plans 9/11 Series for 20th Anniversary of Attacks

Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 by Mitchell Zuckoff will be adapted by ABC into a series timed to the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Written by former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff, author of 13 Hours, Fall and Rise assembles a minute-by-minute account of the September 11, 2001 attacks. ABC is developing Fall and Rise as a limited series, with a planned 2021 premiere, Deadline reports.

Fall and Rise uses firsthand accounts to depict the 9/11 attacks with as much immediacy as possible. "With time, news becomes history. And history, it's been said, is what happened to other people," Zuckoff wrote in the introduction to Fall and Rise. "Even if words might fail, they're the best hope to delay the descent of 9/11 into the well of history. That is the purpose of this book. The approach is to recount the chaotic day as a narrative in three parts: events in the air, on the ground, and in the aftermath, focusing on individuals whose actions and experiences range from heroic to heartbreaking to homicidal."

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Favoring first-hand accounts, Fall and Rise largely eschews what lead to the 9/11 attacks, such as the history of Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden explored in Hulu's The Looming Tower, another 9/11 series based on a book, in this case Lawrence Wright's The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.

"I can't imagine a more perfect home for this project," Zuckoff said in the announcement. "On 9/11, millions of people learned about the attacks by turning to ABC. I have complete faith that the network will enable us to bring new and enhanced life to the stories I was privileged to tell in Fall and Rise."

Zuckoff, a former member of the Boston Globe's Spotlight Team, was one of the writers of the paper's lead story on September 11, but it was an article written five days after that most inspired Fall and Rise. In "Six Lives," Zuckoff and other reporters wove together the stories of six people whose lives were affected by the hijacking of American Airlines Fight Flight 11, which struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center, killing all 92 people aboard. Zuckoff described that story as a "scale model" for Fall and Rise.

Fall and Rise will premiere on ABC in 2021.

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