Burns Notice

Documentarian Ken Burns has been turning wars and other troubled American times into must-see and can’t-miss television since his landmark nine-part The Civil War series. Along the way, he’s tackled Prohibition, World War Two, The Dust Bowl, Baseball and Jazz. This fall on PBS, Burns unveils his latest epic – The Vietnam War – a series which will no doubt shed new light on this, relatively speaking, recent chapter in US and world history. But what’s next for this award-winning director, writer and producer?

Would you believe hip hop?

Earlier today, Florentine Films announced that the subject of Ken Burns’ next major project would be the legendary 1990s East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry which resulted in the deaths of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. The new film, entitled East vs. West: Hip Hop’s Deadliest Decade, is tentatively scheduled for 2018.

“Rap music is such an American touchstone and no film I’ve ever produced has combined the themes of music and war in such a vital and pertinent way,” Burns said. “I look forward to introducing the likes of the Wu-Tang Clan and N.W.A. to a potentially new audience on PBS.”

Ken Burns hopes to complete principal filmography sometime this summer and release East vs. West early next April.