Behind Enemy Lines, a drama series project based on the movie starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman, is back in development at Fox with a new writer. The network, which was high on mounting an adaptation last year, giving the project a put pilot commitment, is taking a new stab at the concept, to be written by Nikki Toscano.
Back for the new version are original auspices 20th Century Fox TV, whose feature sibling was behind the movie, studio-based Temple Hill (Revenge) as well as Davis Entertainment (The Blacklist), which produced the feature.
Inspired by the film, the new version of Behind Enemy Lines, described as a high-octane military thriller, takes place in the midst of critical peace negotiations between the U.S. and Russia as three American soldiers are shot down behind enemy lines in Eastern Ukraine. Last season, the script, which did not go to pilot, was written by Jeffrey Nachmanoff.
For Toscano, the project stems from the overall deal she signed with 20th TV in May. She is executive producing 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.
This is the second movie adaptation that the broadcast networks are revisiting this season. The CW is commissioning a new script for The Notebook, originally developed last season.
Behind Enemy Lines falls outside of Davis Entertainment’s deal at Sony TV that has yielded four series for next season: The Blacklist and spinoff The Blacklist: Redemption as well as Timeless – all on NBC — and Dr. Ken on ABC.
Under the two-year overall deal with 20th TV, Toscano also joined the studio’s 24 reboot, 24: Legacy.
She is coming off a two-year overall deal at Universal TV where she did stints as a consulting producer on NBC’s Shades of Blue and State of Affairs. Toscano previously worked on Temple Hill’s ABC series Revenge and on A&E’s Bates Motel.
Toscano is repped by UTA, Laurelmont Management Group and Felker Toczek.