In addition to the fall TV season kicking off this week, news of future movie-related TV shows is in full force. All the latest:
The Nice Girls?
Joel Silver, who produced Shane Black’s under-seen 2016 comedy masterpiece The Nice Guys, is now turning the movie into a drama series for Fox. And there’s a twist, which is also a trend-following update: the show will be led by women, not guys. 30 Minutes or Less screenwriter Michael Diliberti is scripting the project. Silver has already turned Lethal Weapon, a movie he produced and Black wrote, into a TV show, but that one left the characters’ gender the same as they are in the source material.
Tom Hanks gets animated
Tom Hanks, who broke out in television many decades ago on Bosom Buddies, now has an animated TV special set to air next month. The program, titled The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special, is based on a character he debuted on Saturday Night Live last year that became a cult sensation. SNL regular Mikey Day and former cast member Bobby Moynihan, who co-created the Pumpkins sketch with Streeter Seidell and appeared in it, will also voice characters in the special. Peter Dinklage has a role, too. Watch it on NBC on October 28 in SNL‘s time slot.
What We Do in the Shadows TV spin-off
Taika Waititi, whose Thor: Ragnarok is hitting theaters soon, also has a new TV series out soon in New Zealand called Paranormal Unit. The TVNZ program is actually a spin-off of Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s hilarious 2014 vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadowsfocused on two policemen characters from the movie. There’s also a feature spin-off/sequel to What We Do in the Shadows in the works involving werewolves, but before then this series will hit the small screen in 2018.
Russ Meyer biopic series
Notorious softcore filmmaker Russ Meyer (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) is already set to be immortalized on the big screen whenever Russ & Roger Go Beyond gets made with Will Ferrell as Meyer opposite Josh Gad as Roger Ebert. Additionally, his legacy shall now include a biographical TV series from writer-director Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City) and producers Stephen Nemeth (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) and Chris Kobin (2001 Maniacs), who long ago were developing a feature biopic about the “King of the Nudies.” Deadline reports that the trio will also make a companion documentary on Meyer.
Scanners redo moves forward on TV
Deadline also reports that plans for a Scanner TV series are back on track. Following attempts by The Weinstein Co. to remake David Cronenberg’s cult classic as a new movie and their past efforts to do a TV spin-off, producer Michael Ellenberg (Prometheus, TV’s The Leftovers) has acquired the rights to carry through with a small screen version. The next step is to hire “a high-end filmmaker and showrunner before shopping it to premium services.”