The Hollywood reporter recently posted that Mark Gordon and ABC studios are developing a weekly television adaption of the Duncan Jones film Source Code. If you didn’t get to see it yet, much like Jones’s previous work “Moon.” it’s a cerebral sci-fi flick. Duncan Jones movies are known for being big on good story structure, emotional impact and most of all, being thought-provoking. It’s incredibly hard for me to imagine this working, especially in the hands of ABC. The weekly show is being billed as a procedural drama, but I don’t want to ruin the movie for you because I’m sure there is still a fair amount of you who’ve yet to see it. I’ll say this is both somewhat of an odd idea for a TV show and, on the flip side, I can see it being stripped down and used to be another (soulless) procedural drama. To the credit of the producer who made this deal with ABC, he is also responsible for Criminal Minds, which as these types of shows go should be counted as one of the better examples. Still, I can’t help feeling like something that came from Duncan Jones, something of this caliber, should be in the hands of a network willing to take the risks, in both production value, and more importantly plot. AMC, FX, or even Showtime, or HBO would have been far better places for this show. As I’m sure you can tell by now, I have mixed feelings about this. I can see how it will work, but I also feel like this is akin to making a weekly show out of 2001: A Space Odyssey, granted Duncan’s work may not be at Kubrick’s level, but it’s the same principle.
I could be completely wrong about this, the show could turn out to be great, and/or really entertaining television. It does have one of the writers from Lost working on it, which I suppose could turn out to be a good choice. Yet, this is another thing I find frustrating, neither the writer nor the director of the original material are involved in this. Look, I’m skeptical of anything adapted in this manner, especially to network television. I have my fingers crossed that it will turn out to be something special like the film, but I am doubtful to say the least. Keep an eye out for more info from Platform Nation.