12 items from 2016
A new adaptation of “Behind Enemy Lines” is in the works at Fox with a new writer, Nikki Toscano, replacing Jeffrey Nachmanoff, who was originally developing the series for the network last year. The series would take place in the midst of Us and Russia peace negotiations as three American soldiers are shot down behind enemy lines in Eastern Ukraine. Davis Entertaiment, which produced the 2001 feature starring Luke Wilson and Gene Hackman, will also be producing the series. Deadline first reported the news.
Hulu has announced that Reed Morano (“Halt and Catch Fire,” “Billions”) will direct the first three episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Based on the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, the series is executive produced and written by Bruce Miller, with Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, and Ilene Chaiken serving as executive producers. Atwood is a consulting producer for the series. Morano will also serve as an executive producer on the first »
- Maria Cavassuto
The comedian and former King of Queens star will voice a new character named Quibble Pants (photo, left) on the midseason premiere of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Titled “Stranger Than Fan Fiction,” the episode finds Rainbow Dash attending the Daring Do Convention and meeting Quibble Pants, who despises the event as much as she loves it. As the two get wrapped up in a real-life Daring Do adventure, they must settle their differences if they have any chance of surviving.
Set in the midst of critical peace negotiations between the U.S. and Russia, in the series three American soldiers are shot down behind enemy lines in Eastern Ukraine. This will chronicle their attempts to get to safety.
The original film, which followed a single pilot and was set primarily in war-torn Bosnia, grossed $92 million worldwide on a modest budget. It spawned three direct-to-video sequels.
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- Garth Franklin
Behind Enemy Lines, a drama series project based on the movie starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman, is back in development at Fox with a new writer. The network, which was high on mounting an adaptation last year, giving the project a put pilot commitment, is taking a new stab at the concept, to be written by Nikki Toscano. Back for the new version are original auspices 20th Century Fox TV, whose feature sibling was behind the movie, studio-based Temple Hill (Revenge) as… »
"...there is an inevitable march to the gallows for captured spies on both sides..."
"We loved what we saw creatively from the 'Turn: Washington's Spies' team in Season Two," said Charlie Collier, president of AMC and SundanceTV, on renewing the series, "and the show achieved something that is increasingly rare in television today – a growing audience during the season.
"Behind enemy lines on Long Island, 'Abe »
- Michael Stevens
John Moore is set to direct N.O.C., an action thriller from Film House Germany. The Irish filmmaker, whose credits include A Good Day to Die Hard, Behind Enemy Lines and the upcoming I.T., work the case of a deep-undercover CIA operative who discovers that a faction of the agency is collaborating with the terrorist cell he was sent to infiltrate. Stuck in a Berlin hospital and with the help of the Emt who saved his life, Alek must evade both the CIA and the terrorists if… »
Penned by Dave Matalon and Daniel Scott Gordon, “N.O.C” follows Alek, a C.I.A. deep undercover operative who discovers that a faction of the agency is actively collaborating with the terrorist cell he was sent to infiltrate. Stuck in a hospital in Berlin with the help of Corinne, the Emt who saved his life, Alek must evade both the agency and the terrorists, if he wants to bring the evidence of the unsanctioned special op to the people he thinks he can trust.
Gabriela Bacher will produce for Summerstorm Entertainment, a subsidiary of Film House Germany, alongside Vandal Entertainment’s Navid Mcllhargey and Cargo Entertainment’s Marina Grassic. Moore, Peter Veverka, Christian Angermayer and Clemens Hallmann will exec produce. »
- Diana Lodderhose
Russian helmer Alex Mizgiryov caught our attention back in December with the first teaser for his upcoming period set action film Duelist (Дуэлянт). Telling the tale of an 1800's roaming duelist-for-hire that first teaser was slick, stylish, and enormously entertaining stuff. And it has now been followed by a full trailer that is even moreso. Pyotr Fyodorov (The Darkest Hour) Vladimir Mashkov (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Behind Enemy Lines), Martin Wuttke (Cloud Atlas, Inglourious Basterds) and Yuri Kilokolnikov (The Transporter Refueled) all star and we can only hope that this one turns up on the festival circuit soon. Check out the trailer below. [Thanks to Sergey for the tip!]...
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Fifteen years after Denzel Washington won an Academy Award for playing a morally corrupt detective in Training Day, that film's director Antoine Fuqua will helm a reboot of the Los Angeles police drama, only this time for television. CBS has ordered a pilot for the Training Day reboot, which takes place 15 years after the action of the film, with Fuqua on board to direct the episode.
However, as opposed to the original film – where Washington's Alonzo Harris attempted to corrupt straight-laced officer Jake Hoyt, played by Ethan Hawke – the series »
No Escape starts out with Jack and Annie Dwyer (Wilson & Bell) and their two daughters emigrating to an unspecified Southeast Asian country for Wilson’s work. This work is somehow connected to the country’s water supply and it’s hinted that the company may have had some shady dealings in the past. This notion becomes somewhat inconsequential when violent revolutionaries seize power from the government and beginning tearing through the city, killing any foreigners they find. This makes life difficult for the young family as they’re staying at the richest, most foreigner-friendly hotel in town…
Owen Wilson might seem like an unlikely action hero, but there was a time when he looked primed to become America’s next golden-haired champion of good and kicking ass. »
- Mark Allen
AMC announced today from the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour the network's 2016 spring premiere dates for new and returning original series. For the first time ever, AMC will launch a fourth night of original programming on Tuesdays beginning this April with the debut of the highly anticipated miniseries event The Night Manager. Last year, AMC became home to the top four cable series launches of all time among adults 18-49 in live+3 ratings, with Fear the Walking Dead at #1, Better Call Saul at #2, Into the Badlands at #3 and The Walking Dead at #4. AMC also released today three first-look photos, one each from the sets of Fear the Walking Dead, The Night Manager and Turn: Washington's Spies.
Fear the Walking Dead will air its second season of 15 episodes in two parts, beginning with the first of seven episodes on Sunday, April 10th at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt. The remaining »
“Rush Hour” will bow March 31 at 10 p.m. in the timeslot currently occupied by “Elementary.” CBS figures to heavily promote the new series during its coverage of the March Madness college basketball tournament, and it should be a good fit coming out of the net’s Thursday comedy block.
In other CBS schedule notes announced Friday, “Elementary” will move to Sundays at 10 starting March 20. Current timeslot occupant “CSI: Cyber” will squeeze in a pair of originals on Wednesday at 10 on March 2 and 9, serving as a bridge between the first-season finale of “Code Black” on Feb. 24 and the series premiere of “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” whose premiere is now set for March 16.
The moves would seem to give CBS a good »
- Rick Kissell
12 items from 2016
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