When you're as busy as Ken Burns, it helps to be able to plan ahead. Perhaps that's why PBS announced Burns' 2016 documentary earlier this week.
Coming in 2016 from Burns? "Vietnam."
The project, which Burns has actually be discussing casually for years, will be produced with long-time partner Lynn Novick and will be either a 10 or 12 hour documentary. Apparently Burns has a few years to figure that out.
"Today, more than four decades after it ended, nearly everyone has an opinion about the Vietnam War, but few Americans truly know its history and there is little consensus about what happened there, or why," Burns stated. "Our series will shed light both on the history of the war, and on our inability to find common ground about it."
Adds Novick, "We feel it is of paramount importance to honor the service and sacrifice of the men and women who did what our country asked of them, and went to Vietnam. By providing an opportunity for veterans, their families, and those who opposed the war alike, to bear witness to their experiences, we believe that this series will help heal the deep divisions that have endured in America for decades over this enormously controversial and tragic war."
Burns has previously tackled the Civil War and World War II for PBS.