9:56am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Behind Enemy Lines' TV Remake Set at Fox
The film-to-TV remake wave continues.
Fox on Tuesday handed out a put-pilot commitment to a TV remake of 2001 feature film Behind Enemy Lines, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Based on the 20th Century Fox feature starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman, Homeland's Jeffrey Nachmanoff is set to pen the script and direct, should the drama move forward. Enemy hails from 20th Century Fox Television and studio-based Temple Hill, as well as Davis Entertainment, which produced the original. (Key to successful remakes is having the original producers involved in the project, which is true here for both 20th and Davis Entertainment.)
Fox's Enemy is described as a high-octane military thriller about an American flight crew shot down while on a secret mission over the jungles of Latin America. It follows their commanding officer — on an aircraft carrier — and a female CIA officer in Washington who stumbles into a conspiracy that unites them all.
In addition to writing, Nachmanoff will exec produce alongside Davis' John Davis — who produced the feature — as well as John Fox. Temple Hill's Wyck Godfrey, who also exec produced the feature, and Marty Bowen are also on board.
The feature grossed $92 million worldwide and led to three direct-to-video sequels.
The news comes as military thrillers are in high demand on broadcast and cable following the box office success of Bradley Cooper's American Sniper. CBS is teaming with Mark Harmon to adapt best-seller "The Red Circle," Navy SEAL Brandon Webb's memoir about serving in the Naval Special Warfare Group One Training Detachment sniper cell. USA Network also has set Ryan Phillippe to star in a reboot of Mark Wahlberg's Shooter, while NBC recently greenlit The Reaper, based on the memoir by former U.S. Army sniper Nicholas Irving.
Enemy also comes as film-to-TV remakes continue to be a top priority as broadcast networks look to existing intellectual property in a bid to cut through the increasing competition for scripted fare. This season, CBS is tackling Training Day, while The CW is prepping a series based on The Notebook and Friday the 13th, as the reboot trend continues into its second development season. Already in the works are TV series based on Rush Hour (CBS), Limitless (CBS), Uncle Buck (ABC) and Minority Report (Fox).