Fox is taking another stab at bringing Behind Enemy Lines to television. The network is redeveloping a small screen adaptation of the feature film after previously handing a large put pilot commitment to the project this part development cycle.
Per Deadline, who were first to report the news, this new stab is described as a high-octane military thriller that takes place in the middle of critical peace negotiations between Russia and the United States. During the talks, three American servicemen are shot down behind enemy lines in Eastern Ukraine.
This concept for a Behind Enemy Lines TV series differs slightly from last season’s adaptation, penned by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, which was set in Latin America, rather than Eastern Europe, and told the story of an American flight crew that is shot down while on a secret mission, 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.
The script for this new adaptation is being penned by Nikki Toscano, who is also working on Fox’s upcoming 24 spin-off 24 Legacy. Behind Enemy Lines is set up at 20th Century Fox Television, Temple Hill and Davis Entertainment. In additional the penning this new adaptation, Toscano will also serve as an executive producer alongside John Davis, John Fox, Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen.
This continues a trend from last season which saw networks and studios turning more and more to feature film properties for potential new TV series. Insiders have stated that the feeling that was in a highly competitive landscape – where the major networks are competing with cable and internet networks – new shows with established IP and thus built in fanbases had a better chance of breaking through.
Despite that being the feeling in Hollywood circles, it is worth noting that there is little to support the conclusion. The only major reboot of the past decade to have stuck and become successful was CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, whilst every single feature film to TV series adaptation from the 2015-2016 season (Minority Report, Uncle Buck and Limitless, to name a few) failed to earn a second season pick up at their respective networks. Can Behind Enemy Lines break that particular trend and become a success for Fox?