At this point, it’s hard to tell if a reboot is good or bad because there are just way too many movies or TV series getting rebooted or remade. A reboot just seems like another cynical attempt to wring money out of a franchise that’s running dry or is outdated.
Fox, which already has a “Minority Report” reboot and “The X-Files” reboot on its schedule, is looking to add another reboot to its roster. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a remake of 1987’s “Fatal Attraction” is currently in development at Fox.
Directed by Adrian Lyne, the 1987 American psychological thriller film was adapted by James Dearden and Nicholas Meyer from an earlier 1980 short film by Dearden for British television, “Diversion”. It starred Michael Douglas as Dan Gallagher, a married Manhattan man who has a weekend affair with a book editor, Alex Forrest (played by Glenn Close).
The 80s thriller film was a big hit back then as it was the 2nd highest-grossing film of 1987 in US and the highest-grossing film of the year worldwide. The movie, which received high praises from critics, even earned 6 Academy Award nominations including “Best Picture”, “Best Actress” for Close, and “Best Supporting Actress” for Archer.
The reboot, which was given a script commitment, is described as “a reimagining of the iconic thriller, in which a married man’s indiscretion comes back to haunt him”. Famed writing duo Maria and Andre Jacquemetton (of “Mad Men” fame) will pen the script for Paramount Television and executive produce it. Anonymous Content’s Stanley R. Jaffe and Rosalie Swedlin will also executive produce the show that is being eyed as a short-order event series.
If all goes smoothly, the show will broadcast on Fox and may even get a 2nd season. It doesn’t hurt that David Madden, who developed and supervised the original movie at Paramount, is now the president of entertainment at Fox. No further details were revealed regarding the project but the deal helped strengthen Fox’s relationship with Paramount TV beyond their upcoming “Grease: Live” production.
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