A television adaptation of the book-turned-movie Man on Fire is the latest adaptation that Netflix will risk. The streamer gave the TV adaptation a straight-to-series order, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The upcoming series is affirmed to adjust the initial two books in A.J. Quinnell’s series, Man Ablaze and The Ideal Kill. It will follow its protagonist John Creasy, a last-hired fighter who currently fills in as the protector of a little kid in a compelling family. Creasy realizes that he still has the ability to feel as he forms a bond with the girl and rediscovers his softer side. However, after a devastating incident prompts Creasy to seek vengeance, the gentleness quickly gives way to rage. In 1987, Scott Glenn, Jade Malle, and Joe Pesci starred in the first film adaptation of the book. It was subsequently adjusted in 2004, with Denzel Washington driving the charge, with Dakota Fanning and Christopher Walken featuring inverse him.
Netflix has had great success over the past year with original series that combine entertaining characters with action, adventure, and mystery. The Lincoln Lawyer is based on the Mickey Haller novels by Michael Connelly, and The Night Agent is based on the Night Agent novel by Matthew Quirk. There is something to be said for airport reads that can be digested on a small screen.
Ex-mercenary John Creasy sets out in the eight-episode of first season of Man on Fire to get revenge on a friend while protecting his daughter. The show sounds like the perfect tone-mashup of The Night Agent and The Lincoln Lawyer, with the books supporting the story, the protagonist fighting for what is right, and the added layer of protecting someone in danger. It will blend seamlessly into Netflix’s collection of action-thrillers.
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