This past March, the Mark Gordon-produced, Ben Ripley-written, Duncan Jones-directed science fiction thriller Source Code hit theaters to both critical and commercial success. So much commercial success apparently that the film is being commissioned by Gordon and CBS for a TV adaptation without Jones or Ripley involved.
According to EW, the series will focus on “three former federal agents who are part of a top-secret program. Each week, they’ll use “Source Code” technology to jump into the consciousness of people involved in tragic events.” Clearly that’s a fairly big leap from the film where the main protagonist (Jake Gyllenhaal) had no clue that he was inside the Source Code.
The series will mark the first time ABC Studios will produce an off-network show. But as this will clearly be more of a procedural, it will fit right in at CBS who has actually been taking stabs lately at more high concept versions of the genre (like Person of Interest).
All that aside, it should be noted that neither film director Duncan Jones or writer Ben Ripley were even so much as offered the chance to work on the series. This is an all too unfortunately common occurrence in Hollywood. I understand moving forward if the creator’s say no, but producers should give them the opportunity to say yes.
However, I’m sure Source Code will, at the very least, make for an interesting series come pilot season. I see a 13 episode pick-up by CBS if it works out.