HBO/Cinemax and an “X-Files” alum are developing a drama for the latter network.
“Sam Hunter” will star Melissa George reprising her role of Sam, an espionage agent on the run from her former employer. She has a bounty out on her head and needs to protect her young daughter from danger.
Sam is working as a freelancer trying to discover who is trying to kill her, and what that has to do with her own mother’s murder.
“Sam Hunter” will be launched as a four-hour miniseries, which Frank Spotnitz (“The X Files”) is currently penning.
Jane Featherstone, Stephen Garrett, Alison Jackson and Spotniz will exec produce. Spotnitz also executive produced “Hunted,” a BBC-Cinemax series that lasted one season and starred George in the same role. BBC One (who commissioned the program) opted not to give the series a second season, and it would have been very difficult for Cinemax to continue “Hunted” in that form without the British network being involved. Basically, Cinemax kept the main things it liked - Spotnitz, George and her character - to create something new.
Spotnitz has said that season two would have seen Sam head to Germany.
Kudos Film and Television, which produced “Hunted,” will also produce the new version in association with Sponitz’ Big Light Prods.
Spotnitz, who also co-executive produced “Milennium,” is represented by WME.
George recently starred in ABC pilot “Gothica,” and has appeared in “Sugar & Spice,” “Turistas” and “30 Days of Night.”
She is represented by ICM Partners and 3 Arts.