National Geographic Not Moving Forward with 'Act of Valor'
Act of Valor, inspired by Relativity's successful 2012 Navy SEAL feature, was announced in October as the network's first scripted series. That is no longer the case. "NGC is unfortunately not moving forward with Act Of Valor in favor of other scripted projects we have under consideration that will be announced soon," the network said in a statement. I hear that at the time of the series green light, Nat Geo had a formal deal with Relativity and well as Studiocanal's Tandem Communications, which was to act as the studio and handle international distribution. The Bandito Brothers, the creative team behind the feature who had partnered with Relativity in 2012 to develop a TV series inspired by the film, had a preliminary, handshake agreement but no deal in place.
In the months following Nat Geo's October announcement, I hear it became clear the Bandito Brothers, Nat Geo and Relativity had different visions for what the series should be. Because of that, a deal with the Bandito Brothers could not be reached and the project was ultimately scrapped. Nat Geo made a successful entrance into scripted television with the feature SEAL Team Six, which became the network's highest-rated program of 2012. It was followed by the highly rated Killing movie franchise.