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Conversation on TV?

08.06.2008

Most people probably know Francis Ford Coppola for his GODFATHER movies, but he was crafting masterful thrills and paranoia in 1974 with Gene Hackman in THE CONVERSATION.

Since the subject matter is more relevant than ever (even a decade after Hackman tiptoed through similar territory in ENEMY OF THE STATE), a cable series based on the Oscar-nominated film is now in the works for AMC (home of the excellent MAD MEN). Even more interesting -- THE USUAL SUSPECTS writer Christopher McQuarrie is co-writing the new project, with BAND OF BROTHERS scribe Erik Jenresen.

The original movie featured Hackman as an obsessive surveillance expert who believes he accidentally overhears a discussion he should not. The TV project will also be set in the low-tech 1970s, "through the filter of 2009" and involving "the issues of privacy and individuality, and issues of spying and listening".

Extra Tidbit: THE CONVERSATION featured appearances by Cindy Williams, Harrison Ford and Frederic Forrest, all of whom later screen-tested for STAR WARS.
Source: Variety

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12:25PM on 08/07/2008
Yes, I thought "Breaking Bad" was a damn brilliant show, wish they would bring it back.

I also thought they were making "Prisoner" into a feature film? To me, that show's concept has more legs than most remakes/redo's that I hear about.
Yes, I thought "Breaking Bad" was a damn brilliant show, wish they would bring it back.

I also thought they were making "Prisoner" into a feature film? To me, that show's concept has more legs than most remakes/redo's that I hear about.
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1:03AM on 08/07/2008

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They're also doing "The Prisoner" as a mini-series instead of a TV show. If they pull that and this off, they'll be 4 for 4 ("Mad Men" is amazing and "Breaking Bad" is great). Oh yeah, and "Broken Trails" was great.
They're also doing "The Prisoner" as a mini-series instead of a TV show. If they pull that and this off, they'll be 4 for 4 ("Mad Men" is amazing and "Breaking Bad" is great). Oh yeah, and "Broken Trails" was great.
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12:54AM on 08/07/2008
Great film, one of Coppola's best to be sure.

Just not that hyped about the prospect of a show. Why do so many movies and tv shows have to bite off existing properties nowadays?
Great film, one of Coppola's best to be sure.

Just not that hyped about the prospect of a show. Why do so many movies and tv shows have to bite off existing properties nowadays?
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12:44AM on 08/07/2008
(double post, sorry)
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12:34AM on 08/07/2008
I'm a huge Conversation fan. The way I see it, as long as they don't use any characters from the film, this could make a great show. It's a good concept - relevant, controversial, and dramatic.
I'm a huge Conversation fan. The way I see it, as long as they don't use any characters from the film, this could make a great show. It's a good concept - relevant, controversial, and dramatic.
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12:22AM on 08/07/2008
The Conversation is one of my favorite movies, but i really do hate spin-offs.
The Conversation is one of my favorite movies, but i really do hate spin-offs.
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