Samuel L. Jackson to Star in TV Series The Old Man

Samuel L. Jackson will star in his first TV series with The Old Man, a thriller based on a novel by Thomas Perry.

While you’ll be hard-pressed to find a current working actor with a resume as brimming as Samuel L. Jackson’s, one thing that the nigh-ubiquitous A-lister has never fielded in his profoundly prolific career is a starring role in a television series. That, however, will soon change when Jackson steps in front of the camera to headline a developing series The Old Man.

According to Deadline, Samuel L. Jackson will take his first shot at peak television to star in The Old Man, a serial small screen adaptation of the 2017 mystery thriller novel of the same name by Thomas Perry. The series will have Jackson playing protagonist Dan Chase, who lives an idyllic, reclusive retired life in Vermont, at least, until his past in Army intelligence catches up with him. In an op 35 years ago in Libya, Dan – initially tasked to covertly assist the rebel army – made a crucial choice that has come back to haunt him decades later and now someone wants him dead. Thus, while the Gaddafi regime is long gone, a mysterious enemy connected his 1980s Libyan exploits forces Dan to reactivate his particular set of skills… err, military training to battle mercenaries sent his way.

The Old Man TV adaptation will be developed by Jonathan E. Steinberg, co-creator of Starz’s recently concluded pirate drama Black Sails, the 2010-2011 Fox DC Comics-adapted action series Human Target and the 2006-2008 CBS mystery drama Jericho. Warren Littlefield (Fargo, The Handmaid’s Tale) is onboard as executive producer. The project arrives from Fox 21, a subsidiary company of 20th Century Fox designed to accommodate more unique and small-budgeted offerings.

For Samuel L. Jackson, whose film CV could more accurately be represented by a percentage of the entire output of films in the last 25 years, this debut as a TV headliner should be a change of pace. However, don’t expect his film presence to lessen one iota. His next film will be an action-packed buddy movie opposite Ryan Reynolds in August’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard and, along with a voice role reprisal as Frozone for 2018’s The Incredibles 2, he will return as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first female-headlined hullaballoo Captain Marvel. He’s also booked to appear in the comedy The Unicorn Store, the feature-length directorial debut of Captain Marvel star Brie Larson.

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The Old Man is just getting started in pre-production. Negotiations are reportedly underway with cable platforms such as FX, TNT, HBO and Showtime, along with streaming outlets Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

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