Fox Passes On ‘Fatal Attraction’ After Casting Problems

By January 16, 2017
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It’s only been, what, a couple weeks since the Cruel Intentions television adaptation went up in smoke?

Well, it looks like another television series based on a film is meeting a similar fate as Fox has passed on a limited series adaptation of the 1987 film Fatal Attraction. The problem, according to The Hollywood Reporter? Getting the right actors involved.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the reboot of the iconic feature film had trouble casting – Megan Fox and Jenna Dewan Tatum both are said to have passed, – and there were issues with the title.

The title, apparently, would not have been Fatal Attraction if the series had been picked up. Instead, the trade publication says the production was working under the title Obsession.

Paramount Pictures produced the original film that starred Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, based on a short film produced by Oscar-nominated writer James Dearden.

The film was a huge success for Paramount, grossing $320.1 million globally, and was the second-highest grossing film of 1987 behind only 3 Men and a Baby. It also was nominated for six Oscars, including acting nods for Close and Anne Archer, as well as for best picture. The top prize that year instead went to The Last Emperor.

Although Douglas wasn’t nominated for his role in Fatal Attraction, he did go on to win a best actor Oscar that year for Wall Street. Close had to step aside and watch Cher win her first and only Oscar for Moonstruck.

The script for a potential pilot had been crafted by writing duo Maria and Andre Jacquemetton who earned three Emmy wins on eight nominations as producers of AMC’s Mad Men.

It’s not clear if Paramount Television, which is still looking to get a television hit from its vast film library, will try to shop the project to other networks and outlets.

Since relaunching the television division after the 2006 Viacom split, Paramount failed to get Beverly Hills Cop on CBS, but is still working to put a television version of School of Rock on Nickelodeon (which is part of its same corporation), as well as work with HBO to do a prequel to 2009’s Shutter Island with Ashecliffe.

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