Strike Back is back from the TV afterlife. Cinemax and Sky have teamed to resurrect the action series, featuring a completely new cast, to premiere in 2017.
Taking place in the same universe as the original iteration, the reboot sees Strike Back return for its sixth season on Sky and fifth on Cinemax.
Alin Sumarwata, Aussie Daniel MacPherson, Roxanne McKee and Warren Brown are set to star in the new season of the show — its sixth overall and fifth on Cinemax — from the franchise’s executive producer Andy Harries of Left Bank Pictures.
I hear the new Strike Back is evolving from the buddy cop formula of the original into a diverse ensemble in the mold of The Fast and the Furious franchise. And while the previous incarnations were focused largely on the remnants of Al-Qaeda, the storylines of the new Strike Back will reflect the rise of ISIS. There are no current plans for Stapleton or Winchester to reprise their roles in guest starring stints but I hear that is a possibility.
Strike Back will be overseen by a familiar face: Jack Lothian, who penned a few episodes of the fourth season, will serve as head writer and showrunner. He will executive produce alongside Andy Harries, who developed the novel for television. Sharon Hughff will also exec produce alongside Michael J. Bassett, the drama’s go-to director. Bill Shephard will produce. Strike Back will continue to be produced by Left Bank Pictures.
The new incarnation will center on the Section program, disavowed and disbanded, that is restored in order to track down a notorious terrorist following a brutal prison break. Tasked with covert military intelligence and high-risk operations, the resurrected unit embarks on a lethal manhunt that will uncover a vast web of interconnected criminal activity. As the team journey across the Middle East and Europe, they uncover a deadly conspiracy which threatens to overwhelm them all and change the face of modern warfare forever.
Strike Back ended its original run July 2015 in the UK and October 2015 in the US.
Are you excited for the show’s swift return, or should Strike Back have been left to rest in peace?