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‘Behind Enemy Lines’ Adaptation Ordered to Pilot at Fox

McG to direct adaptation of 2001 Owen Wilson war movie

Fox has ordered to pilot a series adaptation of the 2001 Owen Wilson-Gene Hackman war movie “Behind Enemy Lines,” the network announced Friday.

Nikki Toscano is writing and executive producing, and McG will direct the pilot and also serve as an EP.

Loosely based on the hit movie, which spawned at least two direct-to-video sequels, “Behind Enemy Lines” is described as a military soap thriller following a group of U.S. soldiers who find themselves trapped in enemy territory.

The multi-perspective narrative centers on soldiers on the ground and the officers and service men and women on a nearby aircraft carrier, along with intelligence officers in Washington, D.C.

Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, John Davis and John Fox also serve as EPs on the one-hour drama from Twentieth Century Fox Television, Temple Hill and Davis Entertainment.

This marks Fox’s fourth drama pilot pickup of the season, following an adaptation of Justin Cronin’s vampire novel “The Passage,” an untitled X-Men drama whose pilot will be directed by Bryan Singer, and a straight-to-series order for Seth MacFarlane’s space epic “Orville.”

On the comedy side, the network has ordered paranormal sitcom “Ghosted,” starring Craig Robinson and Adam Scott, “Thin Ice” from “New Girl” creator Liz Merriwether, which follows a woman who travels to Antarctica and must contend with a crew of misfits, and “Linda From HR,” a single-camera comedy about a human resources rep whose life descends into a dangerous tailspin of balancing work life, home life and a secret that could unravel everything.