Cinemax is getting deeper into the drama game with a new action series reminiscent of Fox’s 24 along with a dash of Call of Duty.
The network has ordered Strike Back, following a charismatic former U.S. Special Forces operative who teams up with a British military unit to stop an international terrorist group. The show is inspired by an acclaimed UK series and a book by author and former special forces officer Chris Ryan. Philip Winchester (Fringe) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) will star (the UK original co-starred Walking Dead lead Andrew Lincoln — trailer below).
The programming model is similar to how Starz is handling Torchwood — taking an existing Brit series, then expanding it into a big budget “international” version that will air stateside and in the UK.
For fans of the original Strike Back, Cinemax’s 10-part series will introduce new characters and a globe-spanning setting. Production will start in February, shooting in South Africa and Hungary, and the show will debut this summer.
Andy Harries and Elaine Pyke are executive producers, with Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) and Richard Zadjlic (EastEnders) writing. Cinemax, Left Bank Pictures and Sky will produce.
Here’s what the UK version looked like: