NBC has handed out a script commitment with hefty penalty to In The Line Of Fire, a TV series based on the 1990s feature film of the same name which starred Clint Eastwood as a U.S. Secret Service agent who is called upon to prevent the assassination of the President.
In The Line Of Fire will retain the larger story-arc of the original film and follow a USSS agent who, after a fall from grace, gets the chance to redeem himself when a rogue CIA hitman threatens to assassinate the president. The agent and his female partner will investigate cases while engaged simultaneously in a twisted game of cat-and-mouse with the would-be assassin.
In the original film, which also starred John Malkovich as the CIA trained assassin and Rene Russo as Eastwood’s female partner, the “fall from grace” stemmed from Special Agent Frank Horrigan’s (Clint Eastwood) failure to react quickly enough on November 22nd, 1963, to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It is not immediately clear what the “fall from grace” will be in the series as it will be set in the present day.
The hour-long TV series is being penned by CSI veterans Carol Mendelsohn & Josh Berman and hails from Sony Pictures Television and studio based Carol Mendelsohn Productions and is . The duo will also serve as executive producers on the project alongside Gail Karz and Julie Weitz. Deadline was first to report the news of the script commitment for In The Line Of Fire.
There have been numerous U.S. Secret Service pitches floating over the past few months, thanks in no small part to the controversies that have been surrounding the once unassailable agency, but In The Line Of Fire is the first to land at one of the networks. It is also the latest high-profile feature film adaptation to land at NBC, after the network yesterday handed out a straight-to-series order to Taken.