CBS Develops ‘Source Code’ TV Series

The sci-fi action movie makes an usually fast jump to television.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Earlier this year, Jake Gyllenhaal headlined the sci-fi film "Source Code," which proved to be a success at the box office ahead of the summer season. But instead of another sequel coming to theaters, it looks like "Source Code" will rematerialize on TV in the near future.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mark Gordon and ABC Studios are developing a "Source Code" TV series for CBS.

In the original "Source Code" film, Gyllenhaal portrayed Colter Stevens, a former Army helicopter pilot who was recruited to use an experimental device known as the "Source Code" to travel into an alternate timeline to discover the identity of a train bomber in order to save millions of lives in his timeline.

For the "Source Code" TV series, the focus will reportedly shift to three former federal agents who use the "Source Code" technology to enter the bodies of people involved in "tragic events." From that description, it sounds like a more action oriented "Quantum Leap." The new "Source Code" series is also said to have the procedural elements that CBS is well known for. 

Gordon — who also produced the "Source Code" feature film — has signed former "Lost" screenwriter Steve Maeda to adapt "Source Code" for television, with Philippe Rousselet of Vendome Pictures attached as a consulting producer.

The project is apparently going forward without the involvement of "Source Code" director, Duncan Jones; who wrote the following message on Twitter: "For those asking, I know not a sausage about the 'Source Code' TV show. First time I heard about it was about 20 minutes ago… on twitter!"

However, Gordon later wrote "Its all good. I wish them the best. ['Source Code'] was a great opportunity for me & now I get to do my own stuff!"

Since the premise of "Source Code" deals with alternate realities, it's not completely out of the question that the TV show and film could share some continuity. A special guest appearance by Gyllenhaal would definitely get some attention if the producers decide to go in that direction.

What do you think about the potential "Source Code" TV series? Would you like to see Gyllenhaal reprise his role at least once on the show? Let us know what you're thinking in the comment section below!