Coming off the lackluster Green Lantern, director Martin Campbell is dipping his toe back into television. THR reports that Campbell has signed on to direct the pilot for the thriller The Last Resort. The series centers on “the crew of a U.S. nuclear submarine who, after ignoring an order to fire nuclear missiles, wind up being hunted and escape to a NATO outpost where they declare themselves to be the world’s smallest nuclear nation.” It’s a fantastic premise, and The Shield’s Shawn Ryan and Dead Like Me’s Karl Gajdusek are the key creative team behind the futuristic drama. In addition to directing the pilot, Campbell will serve as executive producer.
While he’s best known for films like GoldenEye, The Mask of Zorro, and Casino Royale, Campbell actually got his start in television. He worked mainly in British TV, on series like The Professionals and Edge of Darkness (which he later remade as a feature in 2010 starring Mel Gibson). Hopefully ABC picks up the Resort pilot to series as the premise and creative talent involved have my interest adequately piqued. Campbell’s follow-up to Green Lantern has yet to be decided, but we recently learned that he may direct a feature adaptation of the TV series The Fall Guy.