The trend of adapting movies to the small screen is not fading anytime soon, with another adaptation now in the works. NBCUniversal is developing a new TV adaptation of the 2011 action-thriller Hanna, which starred Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana. The studio has brought on David Farr, who co-wrote the original film (with Seth Lochhead) and AMC's The Night Manager, to write the pilot script. The original film was produced through the Universal-owned Focus Features, directed by Joe Wright, making this yet another movie project NBCUniversal is developing from its own library.
The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news on this project, but it isn't immediately clear how much this series will differ from the original film. The original movie centered on a young girl named Hanna (Saoirse Ronan), who has been raised in the woods of northern Finland since birth by her ex-CIA agent father (Eric Bana), training her to become the perfect assassin. She gets sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while evading the forces sent by another covert operative (Cate Blanchett).
The film also starred Vicky Krieps, Paris Arrowsmith, John MacMillan, Tim Beckmann, Christian Malcolm, Jamie Beamish and Tom Hodgkins. David Farr will also serve as executive producer with Tomorrow Studios' Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements. This Hanna movie adaptation isn't the only project of its kind that NBCUniversal International Studios is developing. The studio is currently working on a TV version of the 1985 classic Out of Africa, which starred Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, with Harry Potter producer David Heyamn. The studio also recently gave a straight-to-series order for Gone, starring Chris Noth
Hanna wasn't exactly a box office juggernaut, taking in just $40.2 million domestically and $63.7 million worldwide, but it was only produced under a $30 million budget. It isn't clear if director Joe Wright would be involved in this new series, but he does have plenty of experience on the small screen as well. He most recently directed an episode in the critically-acclaimed new season of Black Mirror for the Netflix streaming service, along with the four-part mini-series' Nature Boy, Bob & Rose and The Last King.
David Farr most recently wrote the critically-acclaimed AMC series The Night Manager, which starred Tom Hiddleston. The series earned the writer his first two Emmy nominations, one for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special and the other for Outstanding Limited Series. He also wrote for the TV series MI-5 and wrote the script for The Ones Below. He also has two more films he wrote, The Man With the Iron Heart and Paani in various stags of production and development. Hanna is just the latest TV adaptation this pilot season alone, with Behind Enemy Lines at Fox, S.W.A.T. at CBS and What About Barb?, a female-centric adaptation of the movie What About Bob? at NBC.