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'Pretty Little Liars' Boss Teams With CW for Reboot of ITV's 'The Town'
The CW is looking for its own murder mystery.
As Fox has found mixed success with Broadchurch adaptation Gracepoint, The CW is looking to reboot ITV's The Town, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Pretty Little Liars co-showrunner Oliver Goldstick will pen the drama about a young man who begins investigating his parents' suicide. When he suspects murder, the entire town is culpable.
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In addition to writing, Goldstick will executive produce The Town alongside original series writer-creator Mike Bartlett. As they did with the 2012 original, Big Talk Productions managing director Matthew Justice, co-CEO Kenton Allen and director/producer Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) will exec produce. The drama hails from Russian Hill Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
The Talk ran for three episodes on ITV in 2012. BAFTA winner Andrew Scott starred.
For Goldstick, the drama comes after ABC Family renewed signature hit Pretty Little Liars for its sixth and seventh seasons.
The Town comes as TV reboots and foreign adaptations remain hot genres this development season and broadcast networks look to existing (and proven) fare in a bid to draw viewers in an increasingly competitive landscape. Among the TV series set for the remake treatment this season are In the Heat of the Night, set up at Showtime; and Greatest American Hero at Fox. Big-screen reboots include Rush Hour (CBS), Big (Fox), Minority Report (Fox) and Real Genius (NBC), among several others.
Goldstick, whose credits also include Lipstick Jungle, Ugly Betty and American Dreams, is repped by WME and Rohner Walerstein.
Oct. 15, 2:15 a.m. Updated with corrected information on Simon Curtis.