Paramount’s New TV Division Kicking Off with Adaptations of ‘The Truman Show’ and ‘Narc’

By April 9, 2014
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About a year ago, Paramount Pictures announced that they would get back into the television game with a relaunch of Paramount Television, and now they’ve set up their first projects for development.

Deadline has word that Paramount will kick things off by adapting two of their feature films into TV series. One is a reimagining of the Peter Weir-directed drama The Truman Show starring Jim Carrey, and the other is Narc, a crime drama series that takes inspiration from Joe Carnahan’s feature film of the same name.

There aren’t any details on the new version of The Truman Show, but the original film followed Truman Burbank (Carrey), a man who, as a baby, was legally adopted by the US Government and now lives his life in a state-of-the-art arcological dome that broadcasts his every waking moment. Truman, however, has no idea that he’s the world’s biggest television star.

The 1998 release was a compelling drama with a fantastic performance from Carrey, complete with a now all-too-real assessment of the future of television and its presentation of “reality.” We’re not sure how the movie will be adapted to television in an episodic form, but it certainly sounds intriguing.

Narc - Ray Liotta

Meanwhile, “Narc” will bring back the film’s director Joe Carnahan to write and direct the pilot for the series of the same name. The 2002 film followed Jason Patric as Nick Tellis, a suspended narcotics officer recruited to investigate the murder of Michael Calvess, a rookie cop who’s mysteriously killed. Tellis is teamed with Calvess’s partner, Henry Oak (Ray Liotta), a hot-tempered renegade who’ll stop at nothing to avenge his friend’s death. As Tellis and Oak follow a shadowy trail through the drug underworld, the lines start to blur between right and wrong, good and evil, and justice and revenge.

It’s not hard to see how a film like that could be adapted to television, since it has a plot that’s extremely familiar to TV and has been seen in several different crime dramas. But it will be the talent behind and in front of the camera that will determine if this will be worth watching.

In addition, Paramount Television will also work with Skydance Television and Annapurna Pictures to develop their “Terminator” TV series announced back in December of 2013. The new series is said to intersect somehow with the developing feature film reboot of the sci-fi film franchise (which already had a TV series adaptation called “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” on FOX a few years ago). It only makes sense since Paramount is behind the film reboot too.

Which of these TV shows are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments!

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • Carnahan on TV sounds cool…and then you watch the Blacklist episodes he wrote and that idea starts sounding less cool….