Spike TV has picked up Waco a drama about the Branch Davidians Cult and their charismatic leader David Koresh.
Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) will star as Koresh in Waco with Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) cast as lead FBI negotiator Gary Noesner. The project will be largely based on two biographies that dealt with the 51 day siege, A Place Called Waco, by Branch Davidian David Thibodeau — who was one of the nine survivors of the April 19, 1993, fire; and Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator, penned by FBI special agent in charge of negotiations Noesner.
Spike says the series illustrates the untold story exploring the true life details leading up to and chronicling the 51-day siege between the FBI, AFT and Koresh’s spiritual sect. It will be told from the perspectives of those intimately involved from both sides of the conflict, including surviving Branch Davidians, which has never been shared on television before.