Taylor Kitsch will be starring as cult leader David Koresh, with Michael Shannon playing lead FBI negotiator Gary Noesner, in a new limited series called Waco for Spike TV. Based on the true story of the 1993 FBI siege of the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas, that resulted in a deadly shoot-out and fire, the six-part series will be formally going into production early next year. The standoff lasted 51 days and then ended with an FBI assault on the compound. When it was burned down, 76 people were killed inside, including Koresh. John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (No Escape) will write the series, based on two biographies: A Place Called Waco, by Branch Davidian member David Thibodeau, one of the nine survivors of the fire, and Sinful Messiah, written by Noesner.
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