Hunted creator Frank Spotnitz has confirmed that the second season of the spy drama will go ahead without the BBC in the form of a spinoff.
“This is the hazard of doing co-productions – it makes it complicated sometimes if you lose one of your partners,” Spotnitz told Digital Spy, adding:
“But we’re going forward – it’s sort of a spinoff of itself and it’ll focus more squarely on the character of Sam Hunter. Hopefully it’ll be on around this time next year.”
Spotnitz admits that initial plans to follow Sam Hunter’s story to Berlin have been abandoned in wake of the BBC’s departure. Instead the show will follow the same character but in a different series, which no doubt offers the flexibility of rebooting as many elements as they see fit.
That being said, Spotnitz says the manner in which the first season ends makes enough sense for a spinoff:
It actually makes it quite organic to launch off into a different series, but it’s not the direction we would’ve gone in had we stayed with the BBC.”
Spotnitz says he expects the new show to air in the UK with Sky (co-producers of Strike Back with Cinemax) an option.
Should be interesting to see what the new adventure holds for Sam and just how much (or how little) the new story plugs into the old. In the wake of several significant serial cancellations of late, it’s just good to have this ‘unlikely’ tale of survival. It might not be direct continuation, but its a chance to improve on the previous model.