Warner Bros has brought in Green Lantern scribe and Life As We Know It writer-director Greg Berlanti, to helm a big-screen adaptation of its classic TV series 77 Sunset Strip. Stephen Chin is in talks to pen the script.
Instead of trying to modernize the series which ran from 1958-1964, they will retain the stylish time period of the original series, which starred Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and Roger Smith as the wisecracking, womanizing private detectives Stu Bailey and Jeff Spencer. Stu and Jeff worked out of an office located at the 77 Sunset Strip (nonexistent address in real life) in Los Angeles, between La Cienega and Alta Loma, right next door to the Dean Martin-owned club Dino’s, where Kookie worked as a valet. The finger-snapping, slang-talking Kookie (played by Edd Byrnes), with his trademark move of running a comb through his hair, occasionally helped Stu and Jeff with their cases, and eventually became a full-fledged member of the detective agency.
The movie could be amazing if you think about it! Imagine it as Mad Men meets Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven, if George Clooney and Brad Pitt were detectives instead of thieves. That's just how I would like to see it at least.
Here's an intro to an episode, which features the stars appearing in the episode introducing themselves; including Clint Walker, Tony Bennett, and William Shatner, among others.
Here's the Opening titles, with its catchy Theme Song: