The event series will reveal untold story exploring the true life details leading up to and chronicling the 51-day siege between the FBI, AFT and David Koresh's spiritual sect, The Branch Davidians. Told from several perspectives of those most intimately involved from both sides of the conflict, including surviving Branch Davidians which has never been shared on television before, is surprising in its stark contrast to the media narrative at the time and what is remembered of Waco almost 25 years later.
The impressive cast includes Michael Shannon starring as lead FBI negotiator, Gary Noesner, with the role of the infamous cult leader, David Koresh, to be played by Taylor Kitsch. John Leguizamo, Paul Sparks, Rory Culkin and Andrea Riseborough round out the cast.
"Waco" is produced by The Weinstein Company. The series is written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle ("No Escape") and directed by John Erick Dowdle. Shannon, Kitsch, the Dowdle brothers and Salvatore Stabile executive produce the series along with TWC Co-Chairmen Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein, President and COO David Glasser, Co-Head of Production Jennifer Malloy, and Head of Scripted Television Megan Spanjian of Weinstein Television. Sharon Levy, Ted Gold and Lauren Ruggiero, Vice President, Scripted Programming, will oversee the project for Paramount.