A new series looking at Civil War-era books, film and television projects in the works. For the first addition, we have two film projects to look at.
Field of Lost Shoes (Theatrical Feature, Tentative 2014)
Field of Lost Shoes is a new Civil War film currently filming in Virginia. The $5 Million project tells the dramatic story of the Battle of New Market, and the role played by the Cadets of the Virginia Military Institute in the May 15th, 1864 battle. The title comes from the field on which the cadets charged, which was so saturated with rain water, that the boys lost their shoes in the thick mud. Directed by Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer), the film will star Lauren Holly (Any Given Sunday, “NCIS”), David Arquette (Scream), Tom Skerritt (M*A*S*H), and Jason Isaacs (The Patriot, Harry Potter Franchise) as Confederate General John C. Breckenridge. The producers are calling this a “kids film” in the fact that the Cadets who the story will follow were young boys thrown into the maelstrom of an adult world. No official release date has been announced, but expect to see it sometime in 2014 (the 150th Anniversary of New Market).
Sherman: The Final March (Television Miniseries, Tentative 2015)
Recently announced, Sherman: The Final March will tell the story of William T. Sherman and the final months of the American Civil War. No word yet on cast, production team, or when filming will take place. Stay tuned for further info on this project.