Yes, yes, we know: Where have all the original ideas gone in Hollywood?
Sadly, you’ll have to say it again as NBC moves forward with a script commitment that could bring the 1992 thriller Single White Female to life as a television series 25 years after its debut.
The concept, from the Emmy-nominated Eric Garcia, will not only reboot the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but change its location from New York to San Francisco.
“When erstwhile con-artist Hedra uses her professional connections to target Allie, a seemingly moneyed colleague in search of a roommate, Hedra slowly begins to realize that her mark may not be quite as innocuous as she first seems. Soon, viewers will come to understand that Hedra may have met her match in Allie, making viewers question who is really being ‘single white female’d.'”
The original film was written by Don Roos based on the John Lutz novel, SWF Seeks Same, which was published in 1990. It originally starred Bridget Fonda as Allie and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Hedra, and earned $48 million at the global box office – or $82.4 million today.
There has been no casting or even a pilot commitment from NBC yet, so the concept is still quite in the early stages. But it is being produced by Sony Pictures Television, since the film is part of its Columbia Pictures library.
The original movie did earn a sequel, a direct-to-video outing starring Kristen Miller called Single White Female 2: The Psycho.
One of the main motivators to push out potential reboots is to try and get attention in what has become a very crowded original series marketplace, the trade publication said. A recent study by cable channel FX showed that last year had so many new shows, you could’ve watched a new series every single day, and still had more than 100 left over.
That has prompted a run on potential reboots in recent years, many of which sputter and die like Almost Human on Fox a couple years ago, and more recently Limitless on CBS. Yet, it seems no one wants to give up quite yet.
Some of the reboots in development, THR says, includes The Honeymooners, Enemy of the State, Magnum P.I., The Lost Boys, Varsity Blues and even L.A. Law.
NBC could make a decision on whether to move forward with a pilot for Single White Female early next year.
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