By RAY RICHMOND, Variety, Oct. 29, 1997
Director John Woo, flush from the success of his $100 million summer actioner "Face/Off," started shooting Monday in Toronto on the new Alliance TV action drama series pilot "Blackjack" --- which has been bought by cable's USA Network for a 1998 premiere.
Sources said that while "Blackjack" has been given no guarantees of moving beyond the pilot stage, it's presumed that with Woo's involvement, it's virtually assured of becoming a USA staple.
Project is Woo's second foray from theatrical films. The first was the two-hour telefilm "Once a Thief," a 1995 backdoor pilot for Fox Broadcasting made in collaboration with Alliance as part of his exclusive deal with the Canadian production house.