The first of 14 10-minute episodes of the fourth incarnation of “The Fugitive” begins streaming on Quibi Monday, starring Kiefer Sutherland as a detective seeking the suspect in a Los Angeles subway bombing.
Additional episodes will be released through Aug. 18.
Sutherland describes this version of “The Fugitive” as a “post-9/11 adaptation” with cameras “on every corner.”
“We talk about technology as being a useful tool,” Sutherland said. “In the course of our version of `The Fugitive,’ we show that it can be manipulated down the wrong path.”
The Quibi version takes place over the course of a day with ex-convict Mike Ferro (Boyd Holbrook) seeking to clear his name after cynical journalist Pritti Patel (Tiya Sircar) hastily identifies him as an emerging suspect in a tweet.
“We as a society have a tendency to rush to judgment,” Sutherland said. “Our version is a cautionary tale of that. We need to take our time and we need to find out the facts before we rush to judgment.”
The cast also includes Glenn Howerton as Patel’s more ethically minded editor and Natalie Martinez as Ferro’s wife.
All the episodes were written by Nick Santora, who had been a producer of “Law & Order,” “Prison Break” and “Scorpion,” and directed by Stephen Hopkins, who directed 12 first-season episodes of Sutherland’s Fox counter-terrorism action drama “24,” including the pilot, which brought him an outstanding directing for a drama series Emmy nomination.
Working with Hopkins again is “like as a kid finding your old baseball glove that’s been broken in perfectly,” Sutherland said.
“We have a shorthand that allows us to shoot quickly, that allows us to block scenes quickly and also a level of trust,” Sutherland said. “As a director, he’s my boss. When Stephen’s happy with a scene, I don’t question it for a second. I believe that it’s safe to move on.
“It sounds simple but it’s an incredibly valuable asset to have.”
The original version of “The Fugitive” ran on ABC from 1963-67 and starred David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble, a physician wrongfully convicted of his wife’s murder and sentenced to death, who escapes when the train taking him to death row derails. Its finale on Aug. 29, 1967 was watched by more than 78 million people, the most for a television series episode up to that time.
The original series spawned a 1993 movie starring Harrison Ford as Kimble and a 2000-01 CBS series starring Tim Daly as Kimble.
“It’s a different world from the film, because in the film not everyone had mobile phones and GPS tracking,” Hopkins said. “When you work deep into the 21st century, it’s harder for these two characters to come across each other because if they do, there’s no escape.”