Starz - the US cable channel behind Spartacus - has started production on a new series called Airborne.

It will be written by The Newsroom's Gideon Yago and produced by Robert Tapert, the executive producer of Spartacus.

Deadline reports that the drama will be a coming-of-age story based around the lives of a young helicopter crew in the Vietnam War.

Yago stated: "Even though we are using Vietnam and the early days of air cavalry as a backdrop, our hope is to bring the audience timeless stories about what makes a hero and how a group of young people fight to retain their humanity in the midst of a surreal and terrible conflict."