GET SHORTY Is Being Adapted into a TV Series
Get Shorty is such a great film! If you’ve never seen it, you’ve gotta check it out. I bust up laughing every time I watch it. That flick is loaded with amazingly funny one-liners. The film was based off the book by Elmore Leonard, and now the dark comedy Hollywood mob story is being adapted into a TV series for Epix.
There will be ten one-hour episodes being produced through MGM TV and executive producer Davey Holmes (Shameless), who is also writing the series. According to Deadline, the series will center on the character Miles Daly, “who works as muscle for a murderous crime ring in Nevada. For the sake of his daughter, he attempts to change professions and become a movie producer, laundering money through a Hollywood film. But instead of leaving the criminal world behind, he accidentally brings it with him to Los Angeles.”
The movie was hilarious, and I can only hope that the series will be just as good. Mark Burnett and Steve Stark of MGM TV said in a joint statement:
“Davey has created a modern-day re-envisioning of Elmore Leonard’s timeless cult classic where organized crime and Hollywood collide in very funny ways.”
Epix president and CEO Mark S. Greenberg added:
“I had the pleasure of working with Elmore Leonard early in my career and I am a big fan of his writing. Davey Holmes is a tremendous talent and has created a fantastic new series that is in the spirit of Leonard’s unique brand of social satire and strong narrative voice.”
There are some incredible TV series being developed these days, which gives me confidence in this project. There is just so much more that can be done with telling a story in TV than in film so I know that there’s potential for this Get Shorty series to be great. As long as the series nails the tone and the comedy of the story, they’ll have something special. As a fan of the book and the film, I’m excited to see how this turns out!
Get Shorty will premiere in the summer of 2017.