Turning beloved action movie properties into TV shows is becoming a bit of a growing pattern in Hollywood right now, even including some properties that were probably left better off dead on the big screen than being brought back to life on a different format… looking at you Lethal Weapon. The fact of the matter is though, is that some properties and titles are inherently open to that kind of expansion, and some of them just aren’t.
However, it looks like The Russo Brothers have found their next non-Marvel project, and it entails bringing back one of the most beloved cult action classics back to life, this time on a popular streaming platform.
Deadline is reporting that the directing duo are working to adapt Walter Hill’s beloved 1979 film, The Warriors, into a new TV show on Hulu. The reimagining will reportedly be a one-hour drama from the streaming service and Paramount TV, and according to the report will work to honor the original movie while also adding some of its own “brand” of grit, pulp, sex, and violence.
The Russos will be working with writer Frank Baldwin on the series, with no director currently attached.
Now, turning a 2-hour film from 1979 into a TV series may sound even riskier than some of the other action franchises transitioning to the small screen right now. However, I imagine they’ll be mining quite a bit from the original film’s source material as well, with the 1979 film being an adaptation of Sol Yurick’s classic novel.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with the movie as well, the film followed a gang called The Warriors who are framed for murder and must fight their way through New York City back to their home turf in one night, before the city’s other deadly gangs kill them along the way.
The Russo Brothers are two of the busiest filmmakers in the industry right now, after having knocked the previous two installments in the Captain America franchise out of the park, and are already attached to direct Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2 right now as well. In addition, the duo also are working on Space Runners for Fox 2000, 17 Bridges for STX, and a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair with Michael B. Jordan set to star already over at MGM. The Warriors is the latest addition to their slate now, and will probably be released sometime next year.
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