It sounds like Hollywood is up to its old tricks again. Deadline is reporting that Fox is planning a TV series reboot of last year’s The Nice Guys, which hailed from writer-director Shane Black and starred Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.
However, in true industry fashion, it will be called The Nice Girls, and will be a contemporary female take on the same concept. The pilot is set to be written by Michael Diliberti — best known for the dark comedy 30 Minutes or Less.
In case you are unfamiliar with the original Nice Guys film (and considering its lackluster box office haul, we’re sure a lot of people are), below is the official synopsis:
“Holland March (Ryan Gosling) is a down-on-his-luck private eye in 1977 Los Angeles. Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is a hired enforcer who hurts people for a living. Fate turns them into unlikely partners after a young woman named Amelia (Margaret Qualley) mysteriously disappears. Healy and March soon learn the hard way that some dangerous people are also looking for Amelia. Their investigation takes them to dark places as anyone else who gets involved in the case seems to wind up dead.”
It’s not clear why they felt a need to adapt this piece specifically — for without Shane Black’s trademark style and wit, it’s a rather generic detective story — but it is a rather popular move in the business to take something and repurpose it with a female slant. Last year saw the release of the all-female Ghostbusters, and next year, we’ll be seeing the Sandra Bullock-led Ocean’s Eight.
What do you think of them rebooting The Nice Guys as The Nice Girls? Let us know down below!
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