NBC still very much has a slate of exciting new TV shows for viewers to look forward to, and as it turns out, they’re not done yet. The 2003-published graphic novel, Red, created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, became a surprise hit with director Robert Schwentke’s 2010 live-action adaptation prior to helmer Dean Parisot’s sequel in 2013, each focusing on the story of retired government agents who become targets by the CIA.
That said, it appears NBC has snagged an opportunity to develop further iterations of DC Comics’s Homage publication into a pilot for an hour-long series to be produced by Lionsgate TV and DiBonaventura Pictures Television. Jon and Erich Hoeber, who wrote both films, and Mark Vahradian who also produced the films, executice producing the new series which Deadline states will sustain itself around the core concept of the graphic novel as seen in the films, but approach it with a more grounded vision with the characters struggling to maintain normal lives while fighting on both sides of the fence of the organization that disavowed them.
I had actually hoped we would see a trilogy, although it’s reasonable to see that won’t happen since the second film underperformed compared to the first. At the very least though, it does open doors for ideas on who we would imagine seeing lead this series on a small screen.
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The last time I saw Fight Club, The Losers and Blackhat co-star, actor Holt McCallany on television was back in 2000 during the short-lived run as an exiled former solider-turned-freedom fighter among three other co-stars for one of the best shows on television. The show was called Freedom, and the network at the time, UPN, cancelled its run and leftme nothing to do with my evenings.
It’s a bit surprising to see actor Wesley Snipes head to the small screen seeing as how his career has been largely theatrical, but it certainly lends some exciting news for NBC viewers now as the network ramps up its slate of pilots for 2015. Word from Deadline has it that he’ll be joining lead actor Phillip Winchester in the upcoming pilot episode for the new series, Endgame.
Set in Las Vegas, Nevada, the show centers on Winchester who will play Alex, a former intelligence agent-turned-security expert who gets swept into a conspiracy that will force him to take on a series of obstacles in order to save innocent lives. Actor Damon Gupton stars alongside Winchester as Vegas detective Cal Brown, friend of Alex, whereas Snipes will play the role of Johnson, the calm and collective, enigmatic Pit Boss of the game who maintains damage control when needed while keeping his eye on the big picture.
This isn’t a complete move away from film as Snipes just finished off 2014 with an appearance among seasoned action heroes in The Expendables 3. He’s got a few more along the way, including a remake of the 1961 Johnny Cash heist pic, Five Minutes To Live, which was sold internationally at the AFM late last year by Hannibal Pictures with Franck Kahlfoun on par to direct next month in Mobile, Alabama.
More details are pending for Endgame which Sony TV is producing with Davis Entertainment, with John Rogers, and Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox executive producing. Stay tuned for more info.
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