‘Man on Fire’ Netflix Series: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to Star and Steven Caple Jr. to Direct

The series is due to get into production at the end of July 2024.

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II & Steven Caple Jr. – Photo credit: Seye Isikalu

Netflix announced in early 2023 that it would adapt the first two books by author A.J. Quinell into an exciting new thriller series called Man on Fire. Fear Street’s Kyle Killen will write and produce the eight-episode series, with Steven Caple Jr. confirmed to direct. Here’s everything we know so far, including the news of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II headlining the cast.

Kyle Killen wrote and produced the 8-episode series based on the novels by A.J. Quinell. Killen previously worked on the Fear Street trilogy for Netflix and the television adaptation of the video game Halo.

Chernin Entertainment, which works with Netflix under an extensive overall deal, is producing the series. Peter Chernin will serve as an executive producer alongside Jenno Topping, Bill McGoldrick, and Juan Alfonso. New Regency Productions owns the rights to IP and is represented by executive producers Arnon Milchan, Yariv Milchan, and Michael Schaefer. Killen’s Chapter Eleven will also produce, with Scott Pennington serving as an executive producer.

Steven Caple Jr. (known for Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts and Creed II) will direct episodes 1 and 2 and serve as an executive producer.

Carmen Cuba serves as the casting director for the series.

Some may already be familiar with the work of A.J. Quinell, as Man on Fire has already received two film adaptations: one in 2004, which starred Denzel Washington as the lead, and the second in 1987, with Scott Glenn.

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Denzel Washington (left) and Scott Glenn (right) both played the role of Creasy in their respective film adaptations.


What is the plot of Man on Fire?

Here’s the official plot logline:

“A muscular, emotional, ongoing international series based on the book series that inspired the film MAN ON FIRE. It tells the story of John Creasy, a broken ex-mercenary on a mission to avenge the death of his only friend, while protecting his fallen comrade’s daughter from the forces that destroyed her family.”

Netflix was casting for numerous roles throughout the early stages of 2024, with John Creasy set to be a BIPOC.

Other roles Netflix was casting for include:

  • Poe – Lead – Rayburn’s daughter. A teenager who is growing at a rapid pace and has an attitude that comes with it. She is the only one to witness the bombing of her family because instead of being home, she was on her way to sneak back after a night with her boyfriend.
  • Carmo – Hispanic – President of Brazil up for re-election. Polished with a former soldier’s energy, although there’s something fishy about him.
  • Soares – Hispanic – Intimidating figure who works with the president of Brazil.
  • Rayburn – Creasy’s mentor and rescues him from a suicide attempt. He served above Creasy in the army and feels responsible for him and views him like a son.

Who is in the cast of Man on Fire?

Yahya Head Shot Photo Credit Seye Isikalu

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II -Picture: Seye Isikalu

At the time of this update in June 2024, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was the first major star attached to the project, with Deadline first reporting the news. He’ll play the role of John Creasy, previously played by Denzel Washington.

This marks his fourth major Netflix Original project following First Match in 2018, Black Mirror in 2019, and The Trial of the Chicago 7 in 2020. In addition to starring, Abdul-Mateen II will also serve as an executive producer.


What is the episode count?

There will be a total of eight episodes with hour-long runtimes.


What is the Man on Fire production status?

Official Production Status: Pre-production

The project is still in the early development days, and very little is known about it now.

While it was rumored early on that the series could be filmed in Italy, that’s not the case currently, we’re told. Our sources tell us that production is set to take place in Mexico City and Brazil, which makes sense given the plot.

Production is due to take place from late July 2024 and run through to the end of March 2025.

That could mean a 2025 release is on the cards, but 2026 is also possible.


Are you looking forward to watching Man on Fire? Let us know in the comments below!

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