September 06, 2012 12:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Relativity, Bandito Brothers Shopping New 'Act of Valor' TV Adaptation (Exclusive)
Relativity Media and the Bandito Brothers are re-enlisting for more Act of Valor.
Relativity, RelativityREAL and the Bandito Brothers, the companies behind the feature film, are shopping a TV project based on the feature, taking the pitch to broadcast and cable networks in the coming weeks.
Released in February, Act of Valor stars Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano, Emilio Rivera and a team of U.S. Navy SEALs and Navy Special Warfare Combatant Crewmen on a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent. Released in February, it has grossed more than $80 million worldwide, was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for best action film and spawned a soundtrack that reached No. 7 on the Top 100 albums chart and No. 1 on the country album chart.
"I was blown away by the realism and authenticity of Act of Valor. We’re thrilled to work with the Bandito Brothers to make something more visceral than any other show on television," RelativityREAL CEO Tom Forman said.
Added Bandito Brothers in a statement: "We’re excited to be reuniting with Relativity again in order to develop this series and tell stories about real acts of valor in a unique and engaging way."
For RelativityREAL, Valor would mark the second project the company has leveraged from feature film to television, following MTV's Catfish, which will premiere in November on MTV. The unit also is exploring small-screen options for the film properties Immortals, Haywire and Movie 43.
The project is in addition to TNT's React, an original property that revolves around a secret black ops task force that's grounded in reality. That hails from former Suits showrunner Sean Jablonski, who will pen the script, with Barry Josephson (Bones) on board to produce. Scott Waugh, who handled producing, editing and directing duties on Valor, will produce React with some of his Bandito Brothers partners should the TNT project move forward.