'Urban Cowboy' Remake in the Works at Fox

Urban Cowboy - H 2015

Urban Cowboy - H 2015

Fox, which already has a Minority Report reboot on its fall schedule, is looking to add another movie adaptation to its roster.

The network is teaming with Paramount TV to remake the 1980 John Travolta and Debra Winger soap Urban Cowboy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Hustle & Flow's Craig Brewer — who wrote and directed the 2011 Footloose remake — is attached to write, direct and executive produce the drama, which has received a script commitment at the network. Robert Evans, who produced the original feature, and HBO alum Sue Naegle will also exec produce the co-production between Paramount TV and 20th Century Fox Television. James Sikura will oversee for the Robert Evans Co., and co-exec produce.

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The new story is described as a modern reimagining of the classic feature, originally produced by Paramount, about Sissy and Bud, a pair of star-crossed young lovers who  pursue their dreams and passions through the rodeo circuit, the grime of oil refineries, the sweat of line-dancing honky-tonks and the glamor of modern Texas. It's about family legacies, starting over, finding true love and the American dream.

The original feature was released in June 1980 and grossed $47 million domestically. Fox has been high on soapy fare and recently passed over dramedy Studio City, which many insiders had expected to go to series and serve as a companion piece for Empire.

TV remakes have been high on broadcasters' wish lists heading into the fall, as increased competition from streaming and cable networks have crowed the marketplace. Remakes come with known titles, built-in brand recognition and fan bases, making breaking through the clutter easier — and coming in with a leg up in terms of marketing. Key to a reboot is having the original producers involved, which Fox has with Paramount and Evans.

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