Fox is continuing the trend of turning feature films into TV series.
The network has handed out a put pilot commitment to Behind Enemy Lines, an hour-long TV project based on the 2001 feature film starring Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson (pictured). The original film hailed from 20th Century Fox and, as such, the studio’s TV division 20th Century Fox Television will produce the TV adaptation.
As first reported by Deadline, Fox’s TV version of Behind Enemy Lines is described as a high-octane military thriller about an American flight crew that is shot down while on a secret mission over the jungles of Latin America, their commanding officer aboard an aircraft carrier fighting to bring them home, and a female CIA officer in Washington who stumbles into a sprawling conspiracy that unites them all.
Jeffrey Nachmanoff, who created CBS’ short-lived drama series Hostages and directed the pilot episode of Showtime’s Homeland, is penning the script for the TV take, which is being produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Temple Hill and Davis Entertainment. The executive producers are Jeffrey Nachmanoff, John Davis, John Fox, Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen.
Behind Enemy Lines is the latest feature-film to TV series project to land at one of the networks this past development cycle, continuing a trend from last season which led to such series pick ups as Uncle Buck at ABC; and Minority Report at Fox; and Rush Hour at CBS. Other feature adaptions in development at present include Shooter at USA Network, Urban Cowboy at Fox and Galaxy Quest at Amazon.