Marines Take On Bureaucracy in Generation Kill The creator of HBO's The Wire and a reporter for Rolling Stone discuss their latest endeavor, Generation Kill, the HBO seven-part series in which elite members of the Marine Corps confront the military bureaucracy in the midst of a new war.

Marines Take On Bureaucracy in Generation Kill

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David Simon dealt with cops, civil servants and low-level drug dealers in Baltimore as co-writer of the urban epic The Wire. Now he tackles the Iraq war with Generation Kill, based on Rolling Stone reporter Evan Wright's book of the same name about his experience being embedded with the Marines' 1st Reconnaissance Battalion during the first 40 days of the Iraq war.

Simon and Wright, who is also a screenwriter for the series, talk about their new collaboration.