Fox picks up ‘Exit Strategy,’ described as “successor to 24”

Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke

FOX has picked up the pilot to Exit Strategy starring Ethan Hawke, a drama set in real-time that is said to be the successor to 24.

Fox has handed a pilot order to the Ethan Hawke-starring drama Exit Strategy. Antoine Fuqua, who directed Hawke in his Oscar nominated performance in Training Day, is on board to direct the pilot, from 20th Century Fox TV and Kurtzman and Orci’s 20th TV-based K.O. Paper Products. Exit Strategy, which is being written by David Guggenheim (Safe House), was originally set up at Fox in September with a put pilot commitment. After months of discussions, Hawke came on board in December to star and produce. He, in turn, invited Fuqua to direct the pilot. In addition to Training Day, Fuqua directed Hawke in Brooklyn’s Finest. Fuqua will also exec produce the pilot.

Described as a high octane procedural, Exit Strategy centers on a team of 5 experts associated with the CIA who are deployed when a CIA operation goes bad to extract the ones involved before it’s too late. Hawke will play the team leader, the architect of exit strategy who also empathizes with the people they extract and would rather die than let them get hurt. Each episode will tackle a different crisis in a different country. Exit Strategy is envisioned as a potential successor to Fox’s signature drama 24. Like 24, the action in Exit Strategy will also unfold in real-time. And like 24’s Kiefer Sutherland, Hawke would segue from the feature world to take on the lead in Exit Strategy, his first series. Kurtzman, Orci and KOPP’s Heather Kadin are executive producing the project, with Guggenheim co-executive producing. This is the second pilot order for Kurtzman and Orci this season. They’re also behind Fox’s Locke & Key.

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January 22, 2011 at 2:56 am
So let me get this straight. They cancel 24 and a year later start production on another TV show that takes place in real time – do I understand this right?


Antoine Fuqua would be the perfect choice to direct the 24 movie in my opinion. Training Day and Brooklyn’s Finest are good films. He can elevate the 24 franchise and take it to the next level, so it won’t feel like a TV episode on the big screen.

I agree Wouldn’t. This all sounds pretty lame, especially that, in my opinion, the movie sounds like it is in danger of not getting made. :(

This is kind of like how 24 began… with Kiefer & Stephen Hopkins. Both guys knew each other well, much like Ethan Hawke & Antoine Faqua…

Sounds lame. Why? Because of the fact that its a “procedural”. Fuck that and fuck you procedurals.

Not sure if the real-time similarity is a compliment to 24 or a slap in the face. It just seems ridiculously redundant…so why the heck didn’t they just renew 24?

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