Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Hostages, Chicago Fire, Homeland) is set to write and direct the the potential pilot, which comes from 20th Century Fox TV, studio-based Temple Hill (Revenge) as well as Davis Entertainment (The Blacklist), which produced the feature.
Inspired by the film, 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.
“I responded to the title because the underlying concept is both compelling and politically topical,” Nachmanoff said. “I’m using the survival story as a jumping off point to explore a multi-thread narrative involving the military, narco traffickers and terrorism. At the center of the show is character journey about heroism, manhood and redemption. I think Fox is the perfect place to do this kind of muscular and ambitious show.”
Nachmanoff is executive producing the project with Davis Entertainment’s John Davis, who was the movie’s producers, and John Fox; as well as Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey, who was an executive producer on the film, and Marty Bowen.
Loosely based on a real story, the 2001 feature starred Wilson as an American naval flight officer shot down over Bosnia and Hackman as his commanding officer trying to get a rescue mission underway (watch the theatrical trailer below). The movie was a solid box office performer, grossing $92 million worldwide on a modest budget. It spawned three direct-to-video sequels.
TV series adaptations of movies set up at the broadcast networks this season include Training Day at CBS, RED at NBC and The Notebook at the CW. Additionally, Fox gave an off-cycle pilot order to Urban Cowboy.
This marks the first major sale for Temple Hill since signing an overall deal with 20th TV in July and bringing Albert Page as head of TV. The project falls outside of Davis Entertainment’s deal at Sony TV that has yielded three series for next season: The Blacklist and freshmen The Player on NBC and Dr. Ken on ABC. The company also recently sold a 1970s Las Vegas comedy to Fox.
Nachmanoff, whose feature credits include Traitor, is repped by CAA and Fred Gaines.