Well, we heard it could happen…and now it’s happening.
Paramount has recently relaunched their television division and the studio is looking to one of its classic, multiple award-winning films to get the party started.
The film? Ghost.
Originally written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry Zucker, Ghost tells the story of Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze), a banker who thinks someone may be embezzling major funds from multiple accounts and confides in his best friend, Carl Bruner (Tony Goldwyn). While on a night out with his fiance, Molly (Demi Moore), Sam is accidentally killed trying to protect her during a mugging.
Quite by accident, Sam finds Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg), an assumed fake psychic who makes a living fleecing clients by claims she can “talk to the dead”, only to discover she really IS a psychic and is the ONLY one who can see and communicate with Sam. With his hilariously delivered coercion, Sam recruits her to help avenge his death and tie up loose ends with Molly before finally ascending to the great beyond.
Ghost was made for $21 million and grossed over $505 million, making it the highest-grossing film of 1990. It garnered five Academy Award nominations (Best Picture, Best Score, Best Film Editing, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay) and won two: Best Original Screenplay went to Bruce Joel Rubin, and Best Supporting Actress (as well as a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Saturn Award) to Whoopi Goldberg.
Now another Oscar-winning screenwriter is taking the reins to adapt this big screen hit for the small screen, as Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) and veteran TV exec producer Jeff Pinkner (“Fringe”, “Lost”, “Alias”) will co-write the pilot.
Paramount TV president Amy Powell is completely over the moon with the prospect of what this could mean for the future of Paramount TV. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Akiva and Jeff, two deeply creative and accomplished talents, on the television adaptation of this classic supernatural drama.”
I’m guessing THIS will happen a lot…
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