Documentarian Burns Could Tackle Vietnam War Next

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • John Eggerton Broadcasting & Cable

Documentary producer Ken Burns told a National Press Club audience in Washington, D.C., Wednesday that he will never say never to war again, with a Vietnam documentary a possible next conflict to bring to TV.

He was talking about his reluctance to tackle the subject on TV after the huge and somewhat surprising success of The Civil War, his groundbreaking 1990 documentary.

Burns was eloquently plugging his new World War II documentary, The War, which debuts this weekend on PBS. He said he had been prompted to take up the subject again in part by studies that showed too many high-school seniors think the U.S. was allied with Germany against Russia in the war -- a finding that he said buckled his knees.

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