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"Leverage" could continue as a movie, executive producer says

by Brandy McDonnell Published: January 15, 2013

Executive Producer Dean Devlin is looking for ways to continue his recently cancelled caper series “Leverage,” which starred Norman-bred actor/musician Christian Kane, Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge.

“We’re going to try to shop it around now and see if there is any other interest elsewhere,” Devlin recently told Deadline.com.

Also known as the writer of the 1996 blockbuster “Independence Day,” Devlin says that a feature film could even be a possibility for the show, which TNT officially canceled back in December after five seasons.

“That would be fun to do. That’s definitely a possibility,” Devlin told Deadline.

“Look, it’s a long shot but we have a lot of love for the show and the fans have been tremendously supportive. If we can find a way for it to continue we’ll pursue,” he added.

Devlin is set to make his feature film directorial debut with a disaster movie he is penning with Paul Guyot, according to Deadline, but he said he still has plenty of story ideas for “Leverage” that he never got to use.

Produced by Devlin’s Electric Entertainment,“Leverage” focused on a team of five top-notch reformed criminals out to give everyday people a helping hand against the machinations of corrupt bigwigs. Leading the crew is mastermind Nate Ford (Hutton), a former insurance investigator whose son died when his employer refused to pay for life-saving surgery.

With TNT ambivalent about the future of the series, Devlin and co-creator John Rogers created a Season 5 finale that could double as the series finale. “The Long Goodbye” aired on Christmas.

Fans clearly weren’t ready for the show to be over: As previously reported, “Leverage” last week earned the People’s Choice Award for best cable TV drama, the first canceled show to win.

“One of the great things about this show is that it was produced independently so we can control its destiny to some degree. So, if we don’t survive as a TV series, who knows? We’ve already started a series of books so maybe there’s a movie down the line. Maybe an Internet series, comic books, I don’t know. We’re wide open to all ideas,” Devlin told Deadline.

-BAM


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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