“Casino Royale” and “Green Lantern” director Martin Campbell actually first made his name in television, helming episode of ’80s UK series like “The Professionals” and “Edge of Darkness.” Lately it seems like he’s been aiming to get back to the small screen, first being brought on to direct Syfy’s reboot of the Terry Nation classic sci-fi show “Blake’s 7,” and now being attached to “Coup,” a drama that’s just been put in development at ABC.
According to Deadline, Campbell will executive produce and direct the project, which is being written by “Mad Men” co-executive producer Chris Black. “Coup” is about an American man who pairs up with a mercenary to get his wife back after she’s taken hostage in an overseas coup.
Deadline describes “Coup” as a “serialized thriller,” and it sounds like it will, because of its concept, have to be less traditionally episodic than the typical TV drama, an increasingly frequent trend. “Last Resort,” which is also on ABC, is structured in such a way that it has to keep pushing forward rather than return to an expected format week-to-week. Those aren’t the only similarities between the two — the pilot episode of “Last Resort” was also directed by Campbell.