TV Series Based On 'Man On Fire' In Development - Will Take Place 18 Years Later...

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by Tambay A. Obenson
September 10, 2013 5:48 PM
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Man On Fire (2004) is probably my favorite Tony Scott/Denzel Washington collaboration - right next to Crimson Tide. I dug the straightforward, no fuss man-on-a-mission revenge plot, and the unapologetic violence, and vigilantism, courtesy of despondent former CIA operative-turned bodyguard Creasy during his search for the kidnapped Pita Ramos, played very well by Dakota Fanning, who was only 10 years old at the time.

How will the drama unfold as a TV series? 

We'll find out eventually, assuming the announced Fox/New Regency TV adaptation actually makes it to the air.

Although, I wouldn't necessarily expect that Creasy in the proposed TV serial will be played by a black actor, just because Denzel Washington played the character in Tony Scott's film. Creasy wasn't written specifically as a black man. The movie itself was an adaptation of a 1980 novel of the same name by A.J. Quinnell, which was previously adapted as a 1987 French-Italian film, with a cast that included Joe Pesci, Jonathan Pryce and Danny Aiello

The TV series, however, won't be a straight adaptation of the novel, but will instead take place 18 years later, as Creasy and Pita reconnect, teaming up to take apart the cartel that was responsible for the kidnapping, and all the death and destruction that turned the lives of the pair upside down, 18 years prior.

David DiGilio (creator of the TV crime drama series Traveler; he also penned the script for the upcoming sequel to Tron: Legacy) has been hired to write the script for the series, as well a exec produce.

No ETA on when we can expect it.

The $70 million 2004 film adaptation starring Washington, wasn't a monster hit (relative to budget) grossing $77 million domestic, and $130 million total worldwide.

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11 Comments

  • The Coloured European Observer | September 17, 2013 6:27 AMReply

    Only a sick capitalist culture would describe a return on investment of 85 [EIGHTY-FIVE!!] percent, as "not a monster hit" AS IF .... it was some sort of failure!!!

    What other regular business, supermarkets, banks, big oil, Big Food, pharmaceuticals even comes close to that one? None. And you can't just compare to monster hits, you've have to compare to the industry average. In industry terms, Man on Fire was a VERY decent performer.

    On the content side of it, I doubt that it would be a success: Creasy would be too old, Pita would be also kind of old. The gimmick of the film was a helpless adorable girl, being protected by a lawless good guy. A tv series would be like Nikita or any other spy show, without any of their USP's. What would work is a Big Black Guy with a petite blonde girl with slight sexual undertones, given that she's barely 18 years old. Or, the reverse: Big Blonde Southern Guy with sophisticated Black City girl, who, unfairly, the masses wouldn't accept as innocent, unless you'd find a second Rosario Dawson in Kids.

    ~~ The Coloured European Observer

  • ALM | September 10, 2013 8:43 PMReply

    The idea for the tv show sounds very predictable.

  • Amari | September 10, 2013 8:31 PMReply

    So not only is the movie side of hollywood getting lazy, but now the TV side too? Adapting books is one thing, but now they are adapting movies and reviving TV shows... It makes me wonder how costly would it be for a network to have, potentially, original programming for one season. I mean, NBC survives and it seemingly cancels 1/4, or more, of its slate each season.

  • Akimbo | September 10, 2013 7:21 PMReply

    The likely prospect of Pita and Creasy hooking up makes me queasy. Please don't go there, potential show.

  • Sandman | September 17, 2013 6:29 AM

    Why not? Pita would be 28. Are you up in arms about Zeta-Jones with Michael Douglas too?

  • Dankwa Brooks | September 10, 2013 6:11 PMReply

    I totally agree with your thoughts on this film Tambay and I'll go you one further, I think it's TONY SCOTT'S magnum opus.

    Having said that, the chemistry between Denzel and Dakota sold this film. You believed he loved this little girl and would "kill 'em. Anyone that was involved. Anybody who profited from it. Anybody who opens their eyes at me."

    Lastly, this TV Show premise sounds horrible.

  • Thomas | September 10, 2013 6:02 PMReply

    In the Scott adaption Creasy dies. So if they want to bring him back they must either have the show based on the first movie or adapt the novel (where he survives).

  • The Coloured European Observer | September 17, 2013 6:32 AM

    I am so done with all this literal following of every plot turn. It's irrelevant consistency. IMHO, they should ignore the dying part. In the original movie, he doesn't die.

  • Andy | September 11, 2013 6:46 AM

    He dies from his wounds - the kidnapper's brother shoots him. And in the car after the exchange he holds the necklace that Pita gave him earlier and then it just slips out of his hand as he dies, followed by the dates.

  • Dankwa Brooks | September 10, 2013 8:34 PM

    The film had subtitles and dates on everyone who died at the end, including Creasy.

  • Curtis | September 10, 2013 6:12 PM

    Do we see him die though? I mean, we are told that in exchange for Pita, Creasy has to turn himself over ("A life for a life") but what I remember is that the movie just ends after the exchange Creasy gets in the car and that's it. But we never see him get killed do we?

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