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The streamer, currently known as CBS All Access and poised for a rebranding next year, is dipping into its vault and will reboot its iconic 1983 feature film Flashdance as a TV series. Tracy McMillan (Amazon’s Good Girls Revolt) will pen the script for the drama, which is currently in development. Angela Robinson will exec produce and direct the pilot for the potential series. Original Flashdance associate producer Lynda Obst is attached and will also exec produce.
The Flashdance reboot hails from Paramount Television Studios, where Robinson is under an overall deal. Paramount Pictures originally distributed the film, which helped rocket Jennifer Beals to stardom. In the movie, Beals stars as steel mill worker and young dancer with dreams of becoming a professional ballerina. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson, the pic opened to negative reviews but became a box office hit, grossing more than $200 million globally and becoming the third highest-earner in the U.S. in 1983.
The new take will revolve around a young Black woman with ballet dreams and a strip club reality who struggles to find her place in the world while navigating romance, money, art, friendship and how to love herself.
Flashdance becomes the latest in-house IP to be rebooted for ViacomCBS’ streaming platform. Paramount TV, overseen by Nicole Clemens, is also behind the Grease prequel, which recently moved from WarnerMedia-backed HBO Max to Paramount+. The platform is also home to the new Twilight Zone, the Star Trek franchise, a revival of Mara Brock Akil’s The Game and a scripted behind-the-scenes take on The Godfather, among others.
Set to be rebranded next year, Paramount+ will be broadened out to incorporate more originals from the sprawling ViacomCBS portfolio, including content from brands such as Nickelodeon, BET, Comedy Central and beyond. As part of the changes, Marc DeBevoise will exit ViacomCBS, where he has served as chief digital officer, with Pluto’s Tom Ryan taking over as president and CEO of ViacomCBS streaming. (Reps for Paramount+ declined comment on Flashdance.)
For its part, studio unit Paramount TV Studios is behind series including The Alienist, The Haunting of Bly Manor and Looking for Alaska. The studio is not only a supplier for in-house originals but also a prolific seller to third-party buyers.
Robinson’s credits include working with Beals on Showtime’s original The L Word, True Blood, Hung and How to Get Away With Murder. She’s repped by WME and Felker Toczek. McMillan counts Runaways, Satisfaction, Chase and an episode of Mad Men among her credits. She’s with 3 Arts. Obst, with CAA and Felker Toczek, is a prolific producer who previously worked with McMillan on Good Girls Revolt. Her other credits include TV series The Hot Zone and Hot in Cleveland, as well as features Interstellar, The Invention of Lying and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
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