NBC is developing Red, an hourlong series based on the movie franchise. The TV adaptation hails from the films’ creative auspices — Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, who wrote the 2010 hit and its 2013 sequel, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, who produced both movies. Lionsgate TV, whose sibling Summit distributed the features, is producing with Di Bonaventura Pictures Television.
The action comedy movies, inspired by the limited comic book series of the same name created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner and published by the DC Comics imprint Homage, starred Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren and Karl Urban and revolved around a group of REDs (Retired Extremely Dangerous operatives) who return to action after the CIA sends assassins after one of them.
Written by the Hoeber brothers, the TV series version will retain the core concept of the films but will be set in a more grounded and authentic world, focusing on the characters’ darkly hilarious struggles to survive civilian life as they simultaneously fight for and against the very organization that threw them out. Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, di Bonaventura and Vahradian executive produce.
The 2010 movie was a sleeper hit, grossing $200 million worldwide and spawning a 2013 sequel. Here is a trailer: