‘Source Code’ Being Adapted Into a TV Series For CBS

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Film once again inspires television, as producer Mark Gordon has a pilot commitment with CBS to transition the Jake Gyllenhaal sci-fi suspense film Source Code into a weekly procedural television series.

Released in April of this year, Source Code was director Duncan Jones’ follow-up to his acclaimed science fiction mystery, Moon. Source Code performed well in theaters, pulling in over $123 million worldwide, and catching on even more with audiences due to a VOD window two weeks prior to the film’s release on DVD and Blu-ray. Critics also liked the film, with it eventually tallying an impressive 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Screen Rant’s own Ben Kendrick gave Source Code a 3 star review.

The film follows Captain Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal), who is wrapped up in a secret government operation that transports his consciousness into another man’s body for what would be that individual’s last eight minutes of life. The purpose of Stevens’ mission is to relive these eight minutes as a passenger of a doomed commuter train – in order to determine the identity of the terrorist before an even larger detonation hits downtown Chicago. The catch being every time Stevens is unsuccessful, he is forced to attempt (and die in) the mission again.

In order for Source Code to make the jump to television, the series will follow three individuals – all former federal agents – who will be transported into the bodies of those caught up in similarly devastating events, so as to stop the perpetrators from committing further atrocities and save more lives.

This particular construct of Source Code would put the show on par with past programs like Quantum Leap or, more closely, the time traveling procedural Seven Days, which saw government operatives traveling back in time to prevent disasters. While seven days is a far cry from eight minutes, the concept of limited time travel for the purpose of preventing a disaster has been a popular concept in Hollywood, as it even figured in the Denzel Washington commuter ferry disaster film Déjà Vu.

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Michelle Monaghan & Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Source Code'

Of course, for the series to work, Source Code would have to do without much of what made the film appealing in the first place – and no, not just Gyllenhaal and his lovely co-star Michelle Monaghan. Much of the film centered on the mystery of Colton Stevens’ involvement with the source code, and his desire to not only acquire the identity of the bomber, but to also save the lives of those on the train – namely Christina Warren (Monaghan).

That means the memory loss and twist regarding a source code participant’s physical state, not to mention the overarching implications of source code, may not play into the series – which is, at the very least, a minus. This is just speculation, however, as Steve Meade (Lost, Lie to Me) is currently penning the pilot’s script, so no word yet on what (if any) changes will take place.

Source Code would join Gordon’s other CBS procedural series Criminal Minds on CBS, but the producer also has projects like the adventure series The Seven Wonders in production at ABC – home of Gordon’s other dramas: Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.

Source Code sounds like it has the makings of a sure thing, so Screen Rant will be sure to update as this series progresses.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. I 100% enjoyed Source Code. I went to c it at the movies rented from redbox and 3 weeks ago bought it on DVD and bought it for my iPad via iTunes. I showed the movie to my older brother who happens to b in the us army and has served 2 years in Afghanistan and my girlfriend. My brother didn’t like it to much and my girlfriend really liked it. After I saw it for the 1st time I got to thinking. Will they make a 2nd source code and have colter Stevens do more missions. The way I understood it is colter was terminated and lives in source code with Christina. The text he sent Goodwin got and went to talk to Dr. R but the said colter wasn’t dead. Had a mission to go on and the bomb on the train was stopped so colter could go on another mission. If they made a 2nd movie over a show and featured Jake as colter again I’d deffently go c it. If it goes to a show I wounder if Jake would consider repising his role as colter.

    • It was a mediocre movie with a terrible ending that just spits in the face of anyone who likes science fiction that is in the realm of plausibility.

      • So…these people look for plausability in Science Fiction…fiction meaning not real…I always thought the point of science fiction was to bend the laws of reality to create a highly entertaining, highly improbable, scenario mix it with an equally improbable setting and call it a film…for true science fiction everything they try to claim happened in the story is not seen as probable until decades later…so your entire arguement seems a bit foolish taking all this into consideration…you assume too much…how about you provide some examples of plausible science fiction…I gaurantee your examples will be more thriller or simply modern fiction based…good luck…

        • This movie’s ending was as bad as the following example .

          Example: Star-Trek 2009 , Vulcans trying to save Romulans by turning their sun (which is about to go supernova) into a black hole?realy?! really??? just rub two brain-cells together and realize that this is an oxymoron.

          Next, when Jim Carey’s farts start to bake wedding-cakes hilarity ensues.

          I understand the concept of suspension of disbelieve, however there are limits when its just gibberish.

          • As far as I can tell from repeated viewings of this film (yes, I really enjoyed it), it is not the Romulan star that is going supernova. It is a neighboring star, and its explosion jeopardizes more than the Romulan home world, it is stated that the supernova will affect a large chunk of the galaxy, thus the use of the red matter to collapse it into a black hole.

            • Then the explosion would take decades to reach their star system, as matter from an exploding star cannot move faster than light and would in fact have to move slower making the destruction of the Romulan civilization an impossibility since they are a FASTER-THAN-LIGHT capable species with massive fleets of FTL ships in Star-Trek lore. Really just like in the source code they messed up BIG-TIME . They unplug his life support and then he lives = CHEESE!!!!! may as well have Superman and Thor have a tag-team wrestling match against Mickey Mouse and God (the Judo-Christian-Islamic one if we have to be specific)….

              • ha! that is so true lol

  2. I enjoyed Source-code. For one thing, it was the perfect length at about 90 minutes. It doesn’t give you time to think about all the loose ends while your watching it.

    As for a TV show. I don’t know. Obviously audiences would have plenty of time to think over the concepts. I imagine they could explore different avenues, like the characters longing to resume (or end) his life, as well as the romance angles. The show that comes to mind for me is Dollhouse.


    I can accept the ending of the movie because presumably all of the times he went “back” to the train, he was really going over to one of an endless number of alternate realities. So in this reality he saved the train and stopped the dirty bomb, and got the girl.

    What I’m wondering is what happened to “Shawn.” He was the school teacher guy whose body the Jake Gyllenhaal character was inhabiting. What happened to him? Was he just shoved out of existence or what? Also, did anyone notice who’s reflection was in that giant reflecting sculpture at the end? Earlier he’d seen Shawn’s reflection in the bathroom on the train.

    • Assuming Shawn got shunted out of existence. Good call on yhr reflexion would make no sense if it was not his new body. As far as scientific plausibility and alternate universes are concerned they at least tried to set it up and explain in as the movie progressed. cause and effect, quantum mechanics, infinite unverseres blablabla was interesting.

      • Yeah, like I said it was a good length for that kind of movie because you can just enjoy it without thinking about it until afterward. And it had a good pace. It kept me paying attention, trying to figure out what was going on, then it explained them clearly enough. But that was the first thing I thought of. I mean, Shawn gets a raw deal. But I guess he was going to die anyway.

        And I guess it wouldn’t matter whose reflection was in the sculpture, because the fact that we were seeing Jake Gyllenhaal indicates that he was the conscience there.

        The other thing is that when we saw Shawn, he was clean shaven, whereas Jake Gyllenhaal had a five o’clock shadow. So when the girl kissed him, did she feel smooth skin or scratchy stubble? I mean, what were the writers thinking?

        Maybe Shawn can pop up seeking revenge in a sequel or on the TV show.

        (I’m mostly kidding about those last two things).

  3. Hmmm show would be a good idea

  4. Hmm show would be intersting

  5. just two words for you: Quantum Leap

    C’mon!… plus, Quantum Leap was way better, the ending is outstanding (not like Source Code’s)

    …Oh boy

  6. Seems like Nostelg-O is the only one who realizes that revealing the important fact of the ending is a massive spoiler to those who haven’t seen the film. I know when I saw it, that realization was a shock. If the article didn’t include spoilers, I believe that posts after it shouldn’t include them either, unless noted before posting it.

  7. No interest in Quantum Leap with out Scott Bakula

  8. So, this is basically going to be a new version of “7 Days” mixed with a little bit of “Quantum Leap”? I liked both shows, so I would give this a chance.

  9. I wonder if they switched body’s and the school teacher died anyways, or they able to revive him that be a school sequel, about the school teacher trying find jakes character in alternate universes

  10. Source Code for a TV show would be something I would watch.
    I loved the movie as I Love all ‘Time Travel’ shows.
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  11. And where is it now? Have they cancelled it?