3:21pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Single White Female' TV Series In the Works at NBC (Exclusive)
Add Single White Female to the growing roster of movie-to-TV reboots.
NBC is developing a reboot of the 1992 feature film that starred Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The drama, which has received a script commitment, is described as a "modern-day reboot" of the cult-classic movie that was written by Don Roos and directed by Barbet Schroeder and was based on John Lutz's novel SWF Seeks Same.
The update is set in San Francisco (unlike the film's New York setting) and is a soapy psychological thriller in which the lines between good and evil are constantly blurred. Here's the logline: When erstwhile con-artist Hedra (played in the movie by Leigh) uses her professional connections to target Allie (portrayed by Fonda), a seemingly moneyed colleague in search of a roommate, Hedra slowly begins to realize that her mark may not be quite as innocuous as she first seems. Soon, viewers will come to understand that Hedra may have met her match in Allie, making viewers question who is really being "single white female’d."
Eric Garcia will pen the script and executive produce the NBC drama. The potential Single White Female series hails from Sony Pictures Television's TriStar banner. Sony's Columbia Pictures distributed the original feature, which was made for $16 million and grossed $48 million domestically.
The pic scored a 2005 direct-to-video sequel, Single White Female 2: The Psycho, which starred Kristen Miller.
Reboots continue to remain in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming outlets look for proven IP in a bid to cut through a cluttered scripted landscape that is quickly approaching 500 original series. Key to the remakes is having the original producers involved in some capacity as more studios look to monetize their existing film libraries (which Single White Female has with Sony's involvement).
Already in the works this season are reboots of The Honeymooners (CBS), Car Wash (ABC), Sneakers (NBC), Enemy of the State (ABC), Dynasty (The CW), War of the Worlds (MTV), Magnum P.I. (ABC), The Lost Boys (CW), Varsity Blues (CMT), The Departed (Amazon), Let the Right One In (TNT) and L.A. Law, among others.