Amazon has set its sights on turning the 2011 action-thriller Hanna into an original TV series. Directed by Joe Wright, the film starred Saoirse Ronan as a teenage girl raised by her ex-CIA father. Together, they lived off the grid in the Finnish wilderness, with her father teaching her the lethal skills that would keep her alive if his former employers ever came looking for him. When they did, Hanna was forced to go on the run…and to finish the mission her father had been training her for since birth. It’s sort of like The Bourne Identity, if Jason Bourne were a female asskicker who isn’t old enough to vote yet.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Amazon has ordered a TV series adaptation of Hanna. David Farr, one of the co-writers of the original film, will write the series, but the film’s director, Joe Wright, is not involved with this project.
Farr told THR:
I am delighted to be able to return to the Hanna story. Joe Wright’s movie was dazzling, but inevitably there were certain elements that a feature-length film wasn’t able fully to explore. It’s a pleasure therefore to be able to revisit the material in a longer format and take Hanna into whole new physical and emotional worlds. Amazon has shown such passion for the project and is the perfect home for Hanna.
Michael Edelstein, president of NBCUniversal International Studios, added:
From the moment JoAnn Alfano and I saw Hanna it was evident that the film would make an incredible TV series. Fortunately, David Farr felt there was more Hanna story to tell and wanted to revisit this extraordinary world. … The team at Amazon have been incredibly supportive, and we are delighted this show will air on a platform that continues to generate exceptional content.
One thing that stands out in that quote is the bit about “revisiting” the world of Hanna. It’s hard to tell at this stage whether Amazon’s Hanna series will be an outright reboot/retelling of the movie, or if it could feasibly serve as a sequel. Without spoiling anything, the film does end in a manner where the story could feasibly continue. However, I’m guessing this will be a straight-up reboot. The whole “girl on the run” structure would give the series some legs and a defined antagonist right out the gate.
If done right, a Hanna series could be a definite thrill ride — mixing the coming-of-age elements of, say, Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the high-octane female heroics of Alias. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on the development of this one.
Either way, Hanna should make a good pairing with that Jack Ryan series Amazon also has in development.