“Man on Fire” is not based on a real-life event. The film is based on the 1980 novel of the same name by A. J. Quinnell and is the second adaptation of the narrative, following a 1987 film.
Tony Scott directed “Man on Fire,” which stars Denzel Washington as CIA Agent John W. Creasy. Dakota Fanning portrays Guadalupe “Pita” Ramos, while Christopher Walken plays Paul Rayburn in the film. Scott Glenn portrayed Creasy in the first film adaption, which bore little relation to the original text. Quinnell appreciated Washington’s performance as Creasy, but the picture received mixed reviews overall.