Paramount Pictures is working hard to get its movie library moved over to television. And the latest? A reboot of the 1980 hit film American Gigolo direct from one of its original producers, Jerry Bruckheimer.
Showtime has ordered a script, according to The Hollywood Reporter, from Neil LeBute, who most recently penned two episodes of Syfy’s Van Helsing.
The original film, which starred Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton, earned $52.7 million globally – or $162.6 million today – massive for an R-rated film. It was one of the breakout hits for Bruckheimer who would continue the 1980s with hits like Flashdance, Beverly Hills Cop and Top Gun.
The 1980 film starred Gere as Julian, a male escort who falls in love with Hutton’s Michelle, the wife of a prominent politician. Julian’s life becomes even more complicated, however, when he becomes implicated in a murder investigation. It was written and directed by Paul Schrader, best known for his script work on 1976’s Taxi Driver. Schrader will carry the role of “executive consultant” for the series, if Showtime does indeed pick it up.
American Gigolo is the fifth film property Paramount is working to translate to the small screen, according to THR. Others include The Italian Job for NBC, Shutter Island for HBO, School of Rock for Nickelodeon and Jack Ryan for Amazon.
Bruckheimer has a lot on his plate right now, not only with the entire CSI franchise on CBS, but also Fox’s Lucifer, which just earned a full second season. He’s also working to produce two more of his previous film projects for television – Enemy of the State for ABC and Training Day for CBS.
Enemy of the State is still in its pilot script phase, while CBS has put Training Day on its midseason schedule, starring Justin Cornwell, Bill Paxton and Katrina Law.
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