Who would have thought, when Claude Zidi was shooting The Total in 1991 with Thierry Lhermitte, Miou-Miou, Eddy Mitchell, Michel Boujenah and Jean Benguigui, that this story of a secret agent who hides behind the cushy life of a middle manager would give birth, thirty years later, to an American series? Yet that is what will happen. After having shot in 1994 a remake much more successful than the hexagonal comedy, True Lies, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in the main roles, James Cameron will indeed produce his adaptation for a TV series intended for CBS.
The pilot’s script was entrusted to Matt Nix (Turner et Hooch, The Gifted) and its staging by Anthony Hemingway (director of numerous episodes of Shameless, Major Crimes Where Genius). It’s unknown if Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Lee Curtis will be coming to make an appearance, but it’s already clear who will slip into the tidy-life spy costume. Steve Howey, one of the stars of Shameless, has indeed been hired in this capacity, without knowing who will be his female partner.
The basic principle will be exactly the same. A simple computer hardware salesman allergic to all forms of risk, a loving husband and a devoted father to his two children, Harry leads a plan-plan existence for all to see. But in the shadows, he is a formidable secret agent who is entrusted with the most difficult missions. Which will end up putting his family in danger.
With a producer like James Cameron, it would be very surprising if the pilot did not know a sequel. But we won’t know for sure until next year.