EXCLUSIVE: Lock up your rabbits. Paramount is rebooting its iconic thriller Fatal Attraction into a one-hour event TV series with Maria and Andre Jacquemetton (Mad Men) exec producing and writing. The series is being developed under the auspices of Paramount Television Production. Fox Broadcasting Network is on-board and has commissioned the script. Stanley R. Jaffe and Anonymous Content’s Rosalie Swedlin are exec producing. Fox’s president of entertainment, David Madden, actually developed and supervised the original feature when he was an exec at Paramount. Although exact details are being kept under wraps, Deadline understands the reimagining will explore how a married man’s indiscretion comes back to haunt him.
The original 1987 film, directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, was about as zeitgeisty as a film could get and had a huge influence on countless subsequent psycho-sexual thrillers. The film, which sees Douglas’ successful and married attorney embark on an ill-advised weekend affair with Close’s publishing exec only for her to begin stalking him and his family, also gave birth to the term “bunny boiler.” That was in reference to the unforgettable scene when Close’s character kills Douglas’ daughter pet rabbit and leaves it on the family’s stove to boil away. No word yet on whether there’ll be any repeat of that seminal moment.
Paramount’s relatively young TV division has been expanding ambitiously under TV president Amy Powell. The company is mining its parent studio’s library for TV adaptations, including plans to develop an HBO series based on Shutter Island with both Martin Scorsese and Dennis Lehane’s involvement; as well as an American Gigolo series in development with Jerry Bruckheimer. Paramount TV also inked a first-look deal with Kyle Killen, creator of Lone Star, Awake and Mind Games, and his recently launched company Chapter Eleven. That deal stems out of the three year, first-look production deal Anonymous and Paramount announced last year that gives Paramount a first look to produce and distribute Anonymous’ TV programming across multiple platforms.