Cinemax & Frank Spotnitz Developing ‘Hunted’ Spinoff Starring Melissa George

EXCLUSIVE: HBO/Cinemax and The X Files alum Frank Spotnitz are developing Sam Hunter, a drama starring Melissa George to air on Cinemax. A spinoff of Cinemax’s Hunted, the action series sees George reprising her role as Sam, a gutsy agent in the murky world of private espionage. Now on the run from her former employer, Sam has a price on her head and a young daughter to protect. She must work as a freelance spy to find out who wants her dead — and how it connects to the murder of her own mother. Cinemax is planning to launch Sam Hunter as a four-hour miniseries, which Spotnitz is currently writing. Cinemax has been looking to keep Hunted alive in some form since partner BBC One last November opted not to renew the series for a second season.

Hunted, Cimemax’s second original series after Strike Back (which Spotnitz co-executive produced), earned some of the best reviews for a Cinemax show and did solid business in the ratings for the pay cable channel. Because of the project’s setup –- BBC originally commissioned eight episodes from Shine-owned British production company Kudos Film and Television before Cinemax came on board as producer/U.S. distributor — continuing the series in its original incarnation was impossible without BBC’s involvement. So Cinemax brass started looking for others ways to extend the franchise, focusing on the key elements that they loved about Hunted — Spotnitz, the character of Sam Hunter and George. Doing the new series by itself would give Cinemax greater creative control and allow WME-repped Spotnitz to push the boundaries on storytelling, tailoring the show to a pay cable network vs. a public broadcaster, what BBC is.

Kudos is on board to produce Sam Hunter in association with Spotnitz’ Big Light Prods. Executive producers are Jane Featherstone, Stephen Garrett, Alison Jackson and Spotnitz, who also exec produced Hunted. George, repped by ICM Partners and 3 Arts, recently starred in the ABC pilot Gothica.

Comments (23)

  • Man o’ man does that logline just flatline…

    Comment by Beautiful Weekend — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:43pm PDT  
    • Agreed, Cinemax is almost there. They need a show everyone will talk about and this isn’t it.

      Comment by Eye-Fi — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:02pm PDT  
      • Quarry looks very promising for them.

        Comment by Paul G. — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:38pm PDT  
  • So Spotnitz killed this show for the BBC, and, seeing a chance to add to its roster of megahit shows, Cinemax swooped in and gained full “creative control”. The evil plan to destroy television is working perfectly.

    Comment by You Know Better — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:04pm PDT  
  • I liked Hunted. Very well done.

    Comment by Craig Glender — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:19pm PDT  
  • Awesome, I love Hunted, I am so ready for this!

    Comment by Adam — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:46pm PDT  
  • No thanks to that spinoff. Remember when she ruined “Alias”?

    Comment by Miffy — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:22pm PDT  
  • Best thing about Strike Back is the nudity… like anything else on Cinemax. We ain’t watching for the “character”.

    Comment by Crank and Wank — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:27pm PDT  
  • This show was awful the first time around. The Guardian had a blog for it, and the comments were all full of snark.

    Comment by T-Rex — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:50pm PDT  
  • Finally we have news about the spin-off! I loved Hunted and I was sad when I knew it was canceled. Let’s hope this new show keeps the tone and the quality of the original. I’m already excited about it.

    Comment by Nerdbot — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 6:23pm PDT  
  • Hunted was a fine piece of work – extremely well produced, and beautifully crafted. (Seriously, it was one of the most exquisitely shot shows on TV last year, and George was very compelling.) Really looking forward to seeing more. Big congrats to all involved, and kudos (no pun intended) to Cinemax for not giving up on it. This is a direction they should keep heading in.

    Comment by John Whorfin — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:05pm PDT  
  • @C & W — I fast forward thru nudity & watch for the story. Not everyone is you.

    Comment by A — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 9:31pm PDT  
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