Tony Scott’s ‘Man on Fire’ Being Adapted Into Fox TV Series

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The tragic loss of director Tony Scott last year was a huge blow to the film industry and left the fate of many of his proposed projects – such as the in-development sequel to Top Gun - seemingly up in the air.

A television project based on one of the director’s most famous movies is going forward after all progress was halted following Scott’s death. According to Deadline, New Regency has finalized a deal with 20th Century Fox Television to develop and produce new properties for broadcast and cable television. Among the slate of series to be developed by the new partnership is a TV adaptation of Scott’s 2004 thriller Man of Fire.

The original film starred Denzel Washington as former CIA operative-turned-alcoholic burnout John Creasy, who takes a job as a bodyguard for a rich man’s daughter Pita (Dakota Fanning) in abduction-plagued Mexico City. When the daughter is kidnapped under his watch, Creasy goes on a rampage to track her down. The TV series reportedly takes place 18 years later, as Creasy teams up with Pita to take down the cartel who kidnapped her.

The series will be written and executive produced by David DiGilio (listed on IMDb as a writer on the Tron: Legacy sequel), and is one of three projects apparently moving forward.

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Eric Heisserer (writer of 2011′s The Thing) will write and executive produce The Kingkiller Chronicles, based on a series of fantasy books about the life of a magician by Patrick Rothfuss, and Elf producer Todd Komarnicki is developing a show based on the graphic novel Cyclops by Luc Jacamon and Matz, which “will explore the human cost when war becomes entertainment.”

This partnership between New Regency and Fox marks the second attempt at setting up a TV operation with 20th Television. New Regency’s CEO Brad Weston and chairman Arnon Milchan are rebooting the television arm of the company, which was spun off into an independent company last year by prominent interactive fiction writer Andrew Plotkin, who will serve as executive producer of all the new projects along with Milchan and Weston.

Gary Newman, co-chairman of 20th Century Television, had this to say about the deal:

“Arnon and Brad are master showmen with impeccable taste in material and fantastic relationships in the creative community. The features they make share the same spirit of creative risk taking that is a hallmark of our studio, so it made perfect sense to align with them as they begin to develop for TV.”

Weston echoed the sentiment, stating:

“With our recently announced and future TV projects, we want to work with the best in the business. So we are thrilled to be partnering with Dana, Gary and the team at 20th to deliver audiences innovative, unique and exciting television that will also enable us to bring our strong feature filmmaker and talent relationships into the television space.”

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The current trend of adapting well-known films as television properties is paying off with NBC’s Hannibal and A&E’s Bates Motel garnering significant acclaim. The recent news that FX is adapting American Psycho is a sign that networks are learning that a movie-to-TV adaptation can take familiar elements and spin them into something intriguing.

Plus, the hyper-kinetic action movies in Tony Scott’s oeuvre are ripe for this sort of thing: they are generally over-stuffed with enough story-lines and characters for three films. (Domino is a great example of this.) While Unstoppable, his last film, was as straightforward as the movie’s runaway train, Man on Fire could conceivably benefit from an extension of the story-line.


No release date has been set for the TV version of Man on Firebut stay tuned for information as details emerge.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I saw the original movie for Man On Fire, and if I recall right, it was not that bad. Hmm, yes, I think I could watch this series.

  2. i liked the movie…i could see it as a tv show..especially if they expand on his tormented past which the movie didnt get into detail

    • That was definitely my interpretation. I thought it was a great movie because Denzel is the man. So why a TV series? I find that to be unnecessary, especially without Denzel.

      • Replied to the wrong comment. Meant this @Bubbatep… I’m dumb.

  3. SPOILERS for a nine year old film……

    Wasn’t the whole point of him getting driven off at the end of Man on Fire that they were going to kill him? If I remember correctly he was pretty much half dead at that point anyway.
    But anyway, really enjoyed the film so I’d at least give a series a chance.

    • Yea, the viewers were led to believe that the cartel was going to kill him but he was bleeding out in the back seat which meant he wouldn’t even make it to his own execution.

      I’m sure they’ll come up with some half baked story about his escape and Pita’s desire for revenge against the cartel who kidnapped her, at her father’s request.

      • Her father shoots himself near the end I think. I still wonder where the motivation will come from for their “revenge”?

  4. Yeah guys Creasy dies at the end in the cab. The show has no place unless the retcon the ending somehow

  5. Unless it’s DAKOTA, herself, then you’re gonna have to get a female–which I strenuously doubt–with Kota’s screaming efficacy; the type of screams that send intriguing bursts to our goose pimples making us wanna jump outta our seats and join Seal Team Ten!! God, I so wish U could get Hannah to, at least, participate in the launch. Loved Tony Scott…RIP, Master.

  6. I’m pretty sure he dies at the end of the movie. About the movie, what an awesome performance from everyone involved, but the two leads are spectacular. No one and I mean no one, other than Liam Neeson, does badass like Denzel Washington; and Dakota Fanning at that age was scary-good.

  7. He died, end of story.

  8. Well Man on fire was actually a remake that Tony Scott almost directed and both were based off the same book, which was the first in a series staring Denzel’s character.

  9. This would be a perfect comeback vehicle for a certain Mr. Wesley Snipes.

    • That’s a good casting choice. Wesley could use the work. I really liked the movie, and even the original movie that the remake was based upon. I was 100% on the bandwagon until I got down to the part in the plot description in which the kidnapped girl joins him in tracking down the Mexican cartel. Yeah, right?

  10. What is with this trend in television, using old movies and stuff and creating tv series out of them, like Hannibal, Bates Motel, American Psycho this Man on Fire, Agents of Shield…and more. Not that I have a problem, Im just wondering why it’s such a trend right now.

  11. No, just no. Man on fire is such a great movie, one of Denzel’s best movies. Not to mention all the great NIN songs in there. No need to remake this, stop remaking all these great movies into tv shows. Be original and make something new, or make another Sherlock Holmes show cause we don’t have enough of that already.

  12. yeah, it would be tough trying to sell creasy’s survival after his being abducted by the cartel. this in addition to now trying to sell the pita character as a badass, without training, who we are to believe would make a dent in the cartel and make a hardcore Mafioso quake.

    whereas john creasy tried to, but ran into a wall at the end of the movie, for a thoroughly trained former CIA operative conducting business in foreign territory. I figure they’ll also have the pita character strolling through Mexico ordering folks around in true ugly American style.

  13. I’ll watch the first episode to see the incredible shootout that Creasy has to escape. It probably was written in case they wanted to make a sequel.