The National Geographic Channel will be teaming up with Relativity to bring the popular movie from 2012 Act of Valor to a scripted series for television audiences.
According to Deadline, The Navy SEAL feature film from Relativity opened Number 1 at the U.S. box office in 2012. The television adaptation will be written by Erik Jendresen (Band of Brothers) and will focus on “para-rescuemen” aka PJs who are considered to be the unsung heroes of the military. A PJ’s job is to recover personnel and deliver medical treatment in humanitarian and combat environments.
This will be Relativity’s first foray into scripted television series, but not the first time one of their films has been adapted for TV. Their documentary Catfish was adapted for television on MTV and was a huge success for them in 2012. National Geographic Channel has ventured into scripted features before, with their feature film SEAL Team Six standing as the highest-rated program in 2012 for their network, and Killing Lincoln the highest rated program in 2013 thus far.
Act of Valor produced by Tandem Communications is due to start production in 2014.