NBC is developing a TV movie sequel to the 1972 feature “Day of the Jackal” as an international co-production to be broadcast next year, with Tango Prods. — a joint venture between network in-house unit NBC Prods. and the U.K.’s Yorkshire Prods.
— among the production partners.
“Return of the Jackal” will pick up two decades after “Day,” with the title character alive and seeking a new assignment after two decades in a French prison.
Frederick Forsyth, whose source novel for the film spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list, will serve as exec producer along with Michael Campus and Frederick Muller, who produced an earlier British series, “Frederick Forsyth Presents.”
In addition to NBCP and Yorkshire, the project will be produced by Holland’s JE Entertainment — a supplier of prime time programming to European broadcasters — and Matrix Film Resources Ltd.
The original feature was produced by Universal and starred Edward Fox.
No casting has been set on the sequel, which continues a fairly well-established tradition of creating TV movie sequels to theatrically released properties, among them “Dirty Dozen: The Next Mission” in 1985 and “The Last Days of Patton” a year later.
Three other Forsyth novels have been made into features: “The Odessa File, “”The Dogs of War” and “The Fourth Protocol.”