Jeffrey Donovan Directing Sam Axe ‘Burn Notice’ Prequel Film

Published 4 years ago by , Updated December 3rd, 2010 at 3:41 pm,

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Not since Frodo and Sam have two fictional friends been as close as Michael Westen and Sam Axe. Well, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit, but you certainly can’t find a better pair of crime-fighting macho men on TV. The relationship between the Burn Notice characters (played by Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Campbell) is one of the things that has kept the USA Network show successful throughout its first four seasons.

Of course, whether the relationship is as successful on screen as it is behind-the-scenes remains to be seen. Perhaps we’ll soon find out, as USA Network announced today that Jeffrey Donovan is directing the made-for-TV Burn Notice prequel film featuring Sam Axe.

Donovan has directed multiple episodes of Burn Notice, so he’s more than qualified to take over directing duties. The only question is whether or not a standalone Sam Axe movie will work – given that Bruce Campbell is one of the most beloved actors on the show (and in Hollywood if you ask any fanboy worth his salt). I think the answer is yes.

The plot description for the Burn Notice prequel film offers Sam Axe fans plenty to look forward to. Check it out, via the official press release, below:

“The prequel, set in late 2005, begins after a faction of Colombian rebels makes trouble for the locally stationed military platoon, with Lieutenant Commander Sam Axe (Campbell) being sent down to advise. As the mission unfolds, Sam begins to uncover the dark secrets of the area, learning the truth about sacrifice, deception, and ultimately what’s worth fighting for.”

I’ve always preferred Burn Notice episodes that focus on Sam Axe and his military prowess. It’s fun to see Bruce Campbell doing the ladykiller routine, but when it comes down to it, it’s even more fun to see him taking names and kicking ass. It should be interesting to see a prequel film delve into his military service (although I would have thought he’d be ranked higher than a Lieutenant Commander).

Not only is Michael Westen directing the movie, but Burn Notice creator Matt Nix will serve as writer and executive producer – so fans should expect to see the same level of quality we’ve come to expect from the popular show.

The two-hour Burn Notice movie will air on USA Network in Spring 2011.

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  1. Sounds like it could be fun.

  2. love Burn Notice! can’t wait to see this.

  3. I thought it was Sam “X” as in he had no last name…. ? :)

    • Maybe I made that up…

  4. i would much prefer a prequel to michael then sam, michael is world renown for his skills etc (in recent episodes we see Russian special forces crap their pants over the thought of him being after them). needless to say a prequel of any sort related to the series is likely to be fun/entertaining.

  5. It’s gonna be great fun, cant go wrong with more Bruce!!!!

  6. This is terrible! We need more people’s Help solving the crimes by studying criminal justice search online for “United Forensic College”

  7. Seeing It.

  8. YAY BRUCE!!! If you all ever get a chance to meet him DO IT! You won’t regret it.

  9. LOoking forward to this, I always enjoy to see this series.

  10. This is going to be so so very awesome! Can’t wait! Aside from Coby Bell that is ruining the show with his ‘performance’ (if you can call it that), Burn Notice is just a refereshing show. Had a rant about Coby Bell somewhere else but just wanted to add a vote for BN as it’s a great show. Boot Coby and you’ve got winner again. The lastest episode (16) kind of pointing to Sam gettin’ some again. Just awesome!