The new television series Manhattan, which is being shot in and around Santa Fe, is a dramatic series set in Los Alamos amid the Manhattan Project during Word War II. But despite the monumental issues that any show dealing with the creation of the atomic bomb inherently would have to deal with — war and peace, science and morality, secrecy and trust — the actors and creators of the series say the show will focus on the emotional toll endured by the people who built the bomb and their families.
“I didn’t know a huge amount about the Manhattan Project before I started working on this,” Sam Shaw, the writer and creator of the series, said in an interview Saturday. But as he researched it, the tale of scientists leaving the genteel world of academia and bringing their families to work in an isolated town on a top-secret project fascinated him. “It was the human story, the day-to-day life of the people who worked on it,” he said.
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