Fox has ordered a pilot for Urban Cowboy, a reimagining of the 1980 Paramount movie starring John Travolta and Debra Winger. Craig Brewer, who co-wrote and helmed the Footloose remake a couple of years ago, is writing, directing and executive producing the project, which is from Paramount TV and 20th Century Fox TV.
Like Brewer’s Footloose and his Hustle & Flow before that, the one-hour drama will be music-fueled. Urban Cowboy follow star-crossed young lovers Kyle and Gaby as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line dancing in honky tonks, the grime of the oil refineries and the glamour of modern Texas. It’s about family legacies, starting over, finding true love and the American dream.
It was one of Fox’s first projects put in development for next season and was given a script order in May. Robert Evans, who produced the movie, is exec producing the pilot with Sue Naegle and Chris Levinson.
“In the 35 years since I made the original Urban Cowboy, country music and the influence of Texas has gone stratospheric,” Evans said today. “The timing could not be better to continue this story in the television world. … And what an ace team of collaborators we have on board to make it happen.”