Before Sam Axe teamed up with Michael and Fiona, he was Commander Axe, U.S. Navy SEAL. The Fall of Sam Axe tells the story of how Sam went from respected Naval Commander to the man of mystery we've come to know on Burn Notice. On what will turn out to be Sam's last military mission, he is sent to the jungles of Colombia to investigate claims of a vicious terrorist organization known only as the "Espada Ardiente" (Flaming Sword). His mission: to determine whether U.S. military aid is necessary to deal with the threat. But when he arrives, things are more complicated than he'd imagined. He receives word that the rebels have targeted a small civilian clinic deep in the jungle. Sam must now save the clinic's doctors and patients from certain death. However, nothing is as it seems and the Espada Ardiente may not be the biggest threat Sam Axe faces.
This past Monday, Nikki Finke's "Deadline.com" website posted a story
about how Matt Nix, the creator and exec producer of Burn Notice
, was signed on to continue as the showrunner for that program for at least another two years. Nix also wrote and exec produced Burn Notice - The Fall of Sam Axe
, a prequel telefilm which aired on USA Network this past Sunday.
The movie starred Bruce Campbell in his role as "Sam Axe," telling the story of the mission which led to his fall from grace (see the studio description, quoted at the top); the project was directed by Burn Notice
star Jeffrey Donovan. In Nellie Andreeva's write-up at Deadline.com, it is mentioned that Burn Notice - The Fall of Sam Axe
will come out on DVD this coming July 26th
. Fox Home Entertainment hasn't announced the title yet, so it could obviously move from that date. But stay tuned, and we'll keep you updated as further developments occur! Our thanks to reader Bill Norris for pointing us toward this info.