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Burn Notice 2 Hour Prequel Starring Bruce Campbell officially greenlit

The lowdown

Bruce Campbell is the lead
Written by Matt Nix
Directed by Jeffrey Donovan
Shooting in Colombia

Will air in Spring 2011




EXCLUSIVE: USA has given a formal green light to the Burn Notice movie prequel starring Bruce Campbell, which will be directed by Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan. The two will also executive produce with Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, who wrote the movie, and the series exec producer Mikkel Bondesen. The untitled two-hour film, which was announced at this year's Comic-Con, will begin shooting in January on location in Bogota, Columbia for a premiere in Spring 2011. Burn Notice has wrapped production on Season 4, and filming on Season 5 is slated to begin shortly after the movie finishes shooting.

Here are more details about the Fox TV Studios-produced prequel. It is set in late 2005 and focuses on Sam Axe's (Campbell) last mission as a Navy SEAL. It begins after a faction of Colombian rebels makes trouble for the locally stationed military platoon, with Lieutenant Commander Axe (APA-repped Campbell) being sent down to investigate. As the mission unfolds, Sam begins to uncover the dark secrets of the area, learning the truth about sacrifice, deception, and ultimately what’s worth fighting for.

The idea to do a Campbell-centered Burn Notice movie offshoot originated a year and a half ago when Burn Notice made its Comic-Con debut. "We saw Bruce Campbell as the Bruce Springsteen of Comic Con," USA's president of original programming Jeff Wachtel said. "We saw the spectacular explosive fan reaction and realized that, in Bruce, we had not only a great actor but also a pop culture icon." USA executives decided to take advantage of that, and Nix quickly came up with the basic outline for a movie about Axe's back story that had not been explored on the series. The idea was put on the back burner while Nix was busy with Burn Notice and The Good Guys until Wachtel made the surprising informal announcement at Comic-Con in July. Donovan got the directing gig on the movie after impressing USA executives with his directorial debut on the Made Man episode of Burn Notice, which aired this summer.

Could the Burn Notice film spawn a series of a movies or a spinoff series starring Campbell? "It is a one-off," Wachtel said. "We’ll see how it goes."
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I cannot wait!
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Re: Burn Notice 2 Hour Prequel Starring Bruce Campbell officially greenlit

I thought that they did make some mention of Sam's exploits in Colombia? The episode where Jesse brings one of Sam's stories up about leaving no man behind and then he gets reprimanded by Michael about using personal info on a case?
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This should be great! Looking VERY forward to this.

That said, as much as I love Bruce Campbell, I really don't see a spinoff in his future. He's such an integral part of Burn Notice, I think it would put a serious dent in the show.
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A spin-off could only work if it's concurrent with Burn Notice and each show makes passing reference to the other. Basically have the other show be about cases that Sam takes on his own. Taking Same Axe out of Burn Notice would kill the show.
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Re: Burn Notice 2 Hour Prequel Starring Bruce Campbell officially greenlit

I'm a little surprised the studio and network went with Donovan as director rather than someone like Tim Matheson. Donovan has only directed 1 episode, but Matheson is a much more experienced TV director and has done quite a few shows like Burn Notice and White Collar.
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Re: Burn Notice 2 Hour Prequel Starring Bruce Campbell officially greenlit

maybe it's in his contract that he gets to direct an episode or two and he chose this so he gets paid.
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Re: Burn Notice 2 Hour Prequel Starring Bruce Campbell officially greenlit

I think they went with Donovan as marketing ploy. Like you said, DJariya, Matheson is the more accomplished director but saying that "Donovan got the directing gig on the movie after impressing USA executives with his directorial debut" is just your typical PR bullshit.
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Re: Burn Notice 2 Hour Prequel Starring Bruce Campbell officially greenlit

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maybe it's in his contract that he gets to direct an episode or two and he chose this so he gets paid.
That's my guess. Sort of like how the star of a show gets "Executive Producer" credit if the show is a hit.

I love Burn Notice, but the idea of a Sam Axe movie just doesn't excite me much.
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Re: Burn Notice 2 Hour Prequel Starring Bruce Campbell officially greenlit

I like Campbell, but i think he is a little husky to pull off an active duty SEAL.
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Re: Burn Notice 2 Hour Prequel Starring Bruce Campbell officially greenlit

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I like Campbell, but i think he is a little husky to pull off an active duty SEAL.
He's lost some weight this season, I guess getting ready for it.
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Re: Burn Notice 2 Hour Prequel Starring Bruce Campbell officially greenlit

Best thing to happen to Burn Notice! Focus on Sam, keep Michael out of the story, and dont even mention Fiona. Best thing that can happen is kill off the mom, but its a prequel
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Re: Burn Notice 2 Hour Prequel Starring Bruce Campbell officially greenlit

Looking forward to this one.
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Re: Burn Notice 2 Hour Prequel Starring Bruce Campbell officially greenlit

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Best thing that can happen is kill off the mom, but its a prequel
At least they got rid of his brother early.
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Re: Burn Notice 2 Hour Prequel Starring Bruce Campbell officially greenlit

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At least they got rid of his brother early.
You do know Michael's brother is on tonight's episode, right?

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