Jeffrey Donovan to Direct Bruce Campbell Movie

A while back we got word that there would be a Sam Axe TV movie starring Bruce Campbell. If you don’t know who Sam Axe is, he’s the constantly thirsty sidekick of Michael Weston on USA’s Burn Notice. Now, we just received some more news regarding the project via Twitter. It seems the very man behind Michael Weston, Jeffrey Donovan, will be directing the movie. Deadline Hollywood has more:

USA has given a formal green light to the Burn Notice movie prequel starring Bruce Campbell, which will be directed by Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan. The two will also executive produce with Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, who wrote the movie, and the series exec producer Mikkel Bondesen. The untitled two-hour film, which was announced at this year’s Comic-Con, will begin shooting in January on location in Bogota, Columbia for a premiere in Spring 2011. Burn Notice has wrapped production on Season 4, and filming on Season 5 is slated to begin shortly after the movie finishes shooting.

Here are more details about the Fox TV Studios-produced prequel. It is set in late 2005 and focuses on Sam Axe’s (Campbell) last mission as a Navy SEAL. It begins after a faction of Colombian rebels makes trouble for the locally stationed military platoon, with Lieutenant Commander Axe being sent down to investigate. As the mission unfolds, Sam begins to uncover the dark secrets of the area, learning the truth about sacrifice, deception, and ultimately what’s worth fighting for.

I’m not a die hard Campbell fan like others are, but I do enjoy his character on Burn Notice. I think if his same type of laid back style and humor that is used in Burn Notice is used in the movie it will be good. If any of the characters on the show deserved their own prequel, it’s definitely Sam.

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