Behind Enemy Lines (film series)

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Behind Enemy Lines
Created by David Veloz
Zak Penn
Jim Thomas
John Thomas
Original work Behind Enemy Lines
Films and television
Film(s) Behind Enemy Lines
Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil
Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia
SEAL Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines

The Behind Enemy Lines series is a series of war films beginning with Behind Enemy Lines in 2001, followed by films in 2006, 2009 and 2014. All four films feature the United States Armed Forces.


Behind Enemy Lines (2001)[edit]

Lieutenant Chris Burnett, an American naval flight officer, is shot down over Bosnia and his co-pilot is killed. He uncovers genocide in the midst of the Bosnian War. Meanwhile, his commanding officer is struggling to gain approval to launch a search and rescue mission to save Burnett.

Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil (2006)[edit]

After reconnaissance satellites detect a large, three-stage Topol intercontinental ballistic missile carrying a nuclear weapon in North Korea, which can strike anywhere in the continental United States, President Adair T. Manning orders a team of U.S. Navy SEALs led by Lieutenant Bobby James to destroy the missile and the launch site.

Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia (2009)[edit]

Colombia is in chaos, as a five-man team of US Navy SEALS commanded by Lieutenant Sean Macklin embark on a secret mission to ensure that peace talks between the country's government and insurgent guerrillas don't erupt into violence, an unforeseen complication threatens all out war. Out of nowhere, the meeting falls under attack and the leaders from both sides are killed. The SEALS have been framed for the crime, leaving them to fight for their lives from behind enemy lines against the Colombian Special Forces (AFEUR). Abandoned by their government and left for dead, the weary soldiers race to uncover the evidence that will prove their innocence while ensuring that the violence is contained. Should the fighting spill over the border, the entire region could be plunged into a nightmarish inferno of war and death.

SEAL Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines (2014)[edit]

A team of United States Navy SEALs is sent on an unsanctioned mission in Africa to find a secret mining operation and prevent weapons-grade uranium from falling into the hands of terrorists.

Television pilot[edit]

On September 15, 2015, Fox announced a television pilot based on the original film with Homeland director Jeffrey Nachmanoff as writer and director of the pilot which would be produced by Davis Entertainment.[1] The pilot will be rewritten by Nikki Toscano.[2] Fox has ordered a pilot directed by McG.[3] On February 13, 2017, B.J. Britt has landed one of the leads in the pilot.[4]


Characters Film
Behind Enemy Lines Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia SEAL Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines
Lieutenant Chris Burnett Owen Wilson
Rear Admiral Leslie Reigart Gene Hackman
Lieutenant Jeremy Stackhouse Gabriel Macht
Captain Rodway Charles Malik Whitfield
Master Chief Tom O'Malley David Keith
General Miroslav Lokar Olek Krupa
Lieutenant Robert James Nicholas Gonzalez
Master Chief Neil T. Callaghan Matt Bushell
President Adair T. Manning Peter Coyote
General Norman T. Vance Bruce McGill
Commander Scott Boytano Keith David
Lieutenant Sean Macklin Joe Manganiello
Master Chief Petty Officer Carter Holt Mr. Kennedy
Chief Petty Officer Kevin Derricks Channon Roe
Alvaro Cardona Yancey Arias
General Manuel Velez Steven Bauer
Ricks Tom Sizemore
Lieutenant Parker Langley Kirkwood
Collins Tanya van Graan
Case Lex Shrapnel
Officer Bonnie Lee Bouman

Crew and other[edit]

Crew/Detail Film
Behind Enemy Lines Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia SEAL Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines
Director John Moore James Dodson Tim Matheson Roel Reiné
Music Don Davis Pinar Toprak Joseph Conla Mark Kilian
Writer Screenplay:
David Veloz
Zak Penn
Story by:
Jim Thomas
John Thomas
James Dodson Tobias Iaconis Screenplay:
Brendan Cowles
Shane Kuhn
Story by:
Roel Reiné
MPAA Rating PG-13 R
Running time 106 minutes 96 minutes 94 minutes 98 minutes


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "‘Behind Enemy Lines’ Series Adaptation Of Movie Thriller Set At Fox As Put Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "‘Behind Enemy Lines’ TV Series Based On Movie Back In The Mix At Fox". Deadline. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth. "‘Behind Enemy Lines’ TV Reboot Picked Up to Pilot at Fox". Variety. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Petski, Denise. "‘Behind Enemy Lines’ B.J. Britt Cast As A Lead In Fox Drama Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved 13 February 2017.