Behind Enemy Lines Adaptation Gets Fox Pilot Order, McG to Direct

Fox is heading Behind Enemy Lines with a pilot adaptation of the 2001 Gene Hackman/Owen Wilson feature film, with McG set to direct.

The network’s second stab at adapting the movie is penned by Nikki Toscano (Revenge), who will executive-produce alongside McG, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, John Davis and John Fox. It is described as “loosely based on the hit movie,” serving up “a military soap thriller wherein a group of U.S. soldiers find themselves trapped behind enemy lines.”

The “distinctly patriotic series” will present “a multi-perspective narrative” that closely follows the soldiers on the ground, and the officers and service men and women on a nearby aircraft carrier, along with intelligence officers in D.C. as they attempt to bring the heroes home safely and under the radar.

McG’s previous TV pilot-directing gigs include Lethal Weapon, Chuck and Fastlane.

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1 Comment
  1. M3rc_Nate says:

    The trend of finding “patriotic” (military) movies to reboot or continue as TV shows strikes again. I’m not saying I dislike it per-se, I actually quite enjoy Shooter. But it’s funny how Hollywood sees the success of American Sniper & appealing to the patriotism of all the fly over states (as opposed to trying to shove “Modern Family” & such down their throats) by making shows like this.
    On its own the premise is solid. However this will be on Fox which means it will be censored, neutered, without a sense of realism. No swearing, no sex, no nudity, no realistic violence…it will likely be formulaic and by the books and unoriginal, trying to appeal to as wide an audience as possible while also being restricted by network TV rules. Or will it buck those issues like 24 did?