Before it split from Viacom 8 years ago, Paramount was known for such titles as Star Trek, Cheers, Frasier, Family Ties and The Brady Bunch.
It has now announced Jason Fisher as its Head of Production. When he was Head of Production at AMC Fisher oversaw production for shows such as The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and the The Killing.
Paramount is turning largely to the big screen for inspiration for the small screen.
One of the projects it has announced is a re-imagining of The Truman Show, the Jim Carrey film which was actually a futuristic take on television itself.
It’s also returning to the Terminator franchise, a television series based on Ghost, plus a drama inspired by The Alienist, a novel by Caleb Carr.
“While we are just getting started, there has been a terrific amount of momentum at Paramount TV as we look to develop new ideas as well as harness some of the studio’s most iconic titles,” Powell said in a statement.
Mining film archives for inspiration is certainly not new, nor is the reverse. But everything comes down to execution. While I generally prefer originally to adaptation, I quite like the idea of Truman as the basis of a small screen project, but it has a lot to live up to in matching the original.
What other films do you think could work as an ongoing series? I’ll throw Pleasantville into the mix.
Source: LA Times