A prequel movie to the hit TV series “Burn Notice,” featuring the last mission of Navy SEAL Sam Axe, played by Bruce Campbell, has been greenlit. Jeffrey Donovan, who plays Michael Weston, the burned spy and friend of Sam in “Burn Notice,” will direct.
Deadline Hollywood has some more details on the Sam Axe prequel.
“It is set in late 2005 and focuses on Sam Axe’s (Campbell) last mission as a Navy SEAL. It begins after a faction of Colombian rebels makes trouble for the locally stationed military platoon, with Lieutenant Commander Axe (APA-repped Campbell) being sent down to investigate. 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.”
The prequel, as yet without a title, will start shooting in Bogota, Columbia, in spring, 2011. Production for the fifth season of “Burn Notice” will start after the movie is wrapped.
“Burn Notice” is a TV series about a super spy named Michael Weston who has been “burned” (i.e. fired) from the intelligence service he works for and is forced to use his skills as a special operative for hire in Miami as he seeks to find the truth behind his “burning” and somehow get back into the larger spy game. Weston is aided by an old girlfriend, Fiona, played by Gabrielle Anwar, an ex-IRA bomber and now purveyor of weapons and other dubious goods and services. He is also helped by Sam, a burned out, somewhat paunchy ex-Navy SEAL whom Weston finds mooching off of older women and drinking large quantities of mojitos. Initially, Sam is also spying on Weston for the FBI.
“Burn Notice” is a rare series that, while showing some of the moral ambiguities of the spy game, also has characters with a firm, moral center. Michael Weston might even be described as a patriot, out of his desire to get back in the game to use his skills to save lives and protect his country.
There is some speculation that if the movie is a success, a spin off series featuring Axe might be a possibility. This would be a pity because the chemistry between the serious, almost-dour Michael and the fun-loving, humorous, but highly skilled Sam is potent indeed. They work well together as a team, whether the job is tricking and/or sweating information out of evil doers or Sam backing up Michael in his multitalented persona as “Charles Findley.” It would be a pity to break them up.
Source: USA’s ‘Burn Notice’ Prequel Starring Bruce Campbell Is A Go; Jeffrey Donovan To Direct, Nellie Andreeva, Dateline Hollywood, November 30th, 2010