'Fatal Attraction' Event Series in the Works at Fox

Greatest Hits: "Fatal Attraction" (1987)
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Director Adrian Lyne resisted casting Glenn Close as the woman with whom Douglas has an affair; their onscreen energy unleased $157 million at the domestic box office.

The reboot trend continues.

Fox is developing a remake of 1987 Michael Douglas, Glenn Close and Anne Archer starrer Fatal Attraction, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Mad Men alums Maria and Andre Jacquemetton are on board to pen the script for Paramount Television and executive produce.

The project, which received a script commitment, is being eyed as a short-order event series — but with the potential to continue for a second season. Stanley R. Jaffe and Anonymous Content's Rosalie Swedlin will exec produce.

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Current Fox president of entertainment David Madden developed and supervised the movie — which scored six Oscar nominations — when he was an exec at Paramount's film studio.

The potential series is described as a reimagining of the iconic thriller, in which a married man’s indiscretion comes back to haunt him.

For Fox, the deal comes as the network is poised to reboot The X-Files and launch film-to-TV remakes with Minority Report and a new take on Frankenstein.

At Paramount, meanwhile, Fatal Attraction comes as the TV division continues to mine its film library for the small screen. The company also has updated takes on Shutter Island in the works at HBO and Shooter at USA Network, among others. The deal expands Paramount TV and Fox's relationship beyond their upcoming Grease: Live production.

The Jacquemettons, meanwhile, first met at assistants at Paramount in 1987 and began writing together years later. They're repped by CAA, Manage-Ment and Wayne Alexander.

Reboots and remakes have been a major development season trend this past year — with a few already on the fall schedule as broadcast and cable networks alike look for proven hits with built-in audiences in a bid to draw live viewers in an increasingly crowded original scripted landscape. 

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