Paramount Television is pulling another marquee title from Paramount’s movie library for a series adaptation with top original auspices attached. The company is developing a television adaptation of the film noir classic, American Gigolo, with Jerry Bruckheimer, who was a producer of the 1980 movie with Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton, executive producing. The film’s director and writer, Paul Schrader, will serve as an executive consultant. “With its signature noir aesthetic, American Gigolo has remained a deeply entertaining, psychological thriller and I’m thrilled to partner with (Paramount’s) Brad (Grey) and Amy (Powell) on remaking it into a television series,” said Bruckheimer.
Jerry Bruckheimer Television’s Jonathan Littman will be an executive producer, KristieAnne Reed will serve as co-executive producer, and Michael Azzolino will produce.
In a star-making turn, the 1980 movie featured Gere as Julian Kaye, a male escort in Los Angeles. Here is a trailer:
Paramount TV is co-producing Minority Report, a drama, based on the Paramount movie, which has a big put pilot commitment at Fox. The company also has a live staging of Grease at Fox, a 13-episode pickup by sibling cable network Nickelodeon for a live-action musical comedy based on the 2003 Paramount feature School Of Rock and is developing a Shutter Island series for HBO with Martin Scorsese and a Shooter drama adaptation at TNT with the movie’s star Mark Wahlberg producing.