It certainly seems to be a thing nowadays to take older properties and turn into hour-long TV shows. It’s happening with Shooter, Rush Hour, The Departed, and a handful of other properties.
The trend seems to be continuing, as actors Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano are in the process of signing on to lead the 10-episode series Get Shorty, based on the famous Elmore Leonard book of the same name.
While the book is indeed quite famous, chances are that if you recognize the title, it’s from the 1995 film, which stars John Travolta, Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman, and Rene Russo. Heck, the movie did well enough that studios thought it was worth it to produce the sequel Be Cool, which — as a sidenote — was one of Dwayne Johnson’s earlier roles. But I digress.
This new series is to be written by Davey Holmes, who has served as producer and writer of the Showtime series Shameless.
Interestingly enough, however, it doesn’t sound like Get Shorty will be a strict adaptation of the source material, but rather a reimagining of it. For starters, the series won’t even feature the same characters, but will retain similar themes (such as the whole crime in Hollywood angle).
Here’s what Deadline had to say about the plot:
“Get Shorty centers on Miles Daly (Oâ€™Dowd), who works as muscle for a murderous crime ring in Nevada. For the sake of his daughter, he attempts to change professions and become a movie producer, laundering money through a Hollywood film. But instead of leaving the criminal world behind, he accidentally brings it with him to Los Angeles. Romano would play Rick, a washed up producer of low quality films who becomes Milesâ€™ partner and guide through the maze of Hollywood.”
What do you think? Do you say yea or nay on a new adaptation of Get Shorty? Let us know in the comments down below!
Get Shorty is set ot debut across Epix’s many channels, which include Epix On Demand, and Epix.com, in summer of 2017.
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