The Dowdle brothers have a background in horror, having written, directed and produced such films as ‘The Poughkeepsie Tapes’ and ‘Quarantine’. With “Waco,” they turned to real-life horror that made headlines in 1993.
As the New York Times reported at the time, Timothy McVeigh, one of the two National Terrorists behind the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, “visited the Davidians site and left expressing outrage at the deaths of cult members”. “American Tragedies: Waco – The Trials” will draw a line between these two events in American history.
The description of this series, produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios, does not specify whether it will be a direct sequel and continued dramatization, or whether it will take a more documentary approach. But this gives the impression that it will encompass a longer period.
Andrew Gettens and Lauren Mackenzie are also attached to “American Tragedies: Waco – The Trials” as writers and executive producers. Production on the series kicks off this week in Santa Fe, New Mexico. If released during the 30th anniversary of the Siege of Waco, as noted, it would bring “American Tragedies: Waco – The Trials” to Paramount+ between February 28, 2023 and April 19, 2023.