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Jon Hamm To Lead ‘American Hostage’ Live-Action Series Adaptation From Shawn Ryan

By Denise Petski

November 15, 2023

Mad Men alum Jon Hamm and producer Shawn Ryan (S.W.A.T., The Night Agent) are teaming on a live-action television series adaptation of the podcast American Hostage, with Hamm set to reprise his role from the audio series, Deadline has confirmed.

American Hostage is described as a “psychological thriller that tells the harrowing true story of Fred Heckman, a beloved Indianapolis radio reporter who is thrust into the middle of a life-or-death crisis when hostage-taker, Tony Kiritsis, demands to be interviewed on his popular radio news program.”

Hamm will reprise his podcast role as Heckman.

The script was completed by Mad Dogs scribes Ryan and Eileen Myers before the writers strike. Sony, where Ryan is under an overall deal, will now begin shopping the project to streaming services. Ryan envisions the series as an anthology, which will focus on a different hostage case each season.

Hamm will also serve as an executive producer on the series alongside Ryan, Myers, Connie Tavel and Ryan’s MiddKid partner Marney Hochman. Podcast executive producers Shawn Christensen, who also directed, and Gabriel Mason of Criminal Content, also will executive the series adaptation.

Deadline’s sister pub The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news.

Criminal Content is repped by CAA and attorney Rob Szymanski.