Exec producer to adapt Israeli drama for U.S.
two soldiers who were captured soon after the war on terror began in the wake of 9/11; they’re finally released a decade later from their captors. But a third POW died — and his demise becomes a mystery. The show will also center on suspicions that one of the returning soldiers may have turned rogue — and could be a terrorist threat himself. Beyond those mysteries, Gordon said he was attracted to the family drama that erupts as these soldiers — who were presumed dead — must adapt to a changed world, while their loved ones must cope with their reappearance. Gordon said he’s also intrigued with the idea of playing with timelines, such as flashbacks and multiple days, after being confined to “24′s” real-time format over the past eight years. “That’s liberating,” he said, noting that “24″ debuted in the shadow of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in November 2001. “Ten years have past and the world has changed. This show has the benefit of time, looking at the same issues as ’24,’ in a different and more nuanced way,” Gordon said. 20th Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden said she was immediately drawn to the format’s “creatively adventurous” tone. “It’s a project that has universal appeal and should travel very well throughout the world,” she said. “Prisoners of War” reps the second Keshet format set up at 20th; the studio is adapting the Keshet comedy “Traffic Light” for the Fox network. Fox and 20th Century Fox TV haven’t yet confirmed the fate of “24,” although it’s still unlikely to return next year. The studio is considering interest from other outlets, however.
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