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Get Shorty is the latest feature film of yesteryear to get adapted for TV

05.24.2016
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GET SHORTY was one of those films that took place during the renaissance period of John Travolta's rebirth in the mid-90s. Based on Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name, the film centered around a loan shark who decided to make a transition in his life away from organized crime and into Hollywood. It was one of those moderately budgeted films ($30 million) that became a fall hit for MGM ($115 million domestically) - you know, the kind of movies we don't see get made too often in the current landscape.

Naturally, that means it's the perfect type of project to be adapted again, this time for television, with Epix picking up a series order for the concept. Davey Holmes (SHAMELESS and IN TREATMENT) is behind the adaptation and will exec-produce the show for MGM Television. A debut in summer 2017 is being eyed, with production set to begin later this year in the fall. 

“We’re excited to be working with MGM on Get Shorty,” said Epix President and CEO Mark S. Greenberg. “I had the pleasure of working with Elmore Leonard early in my career and I am a big fan of his writing. Davey Holmes is a tremendous talent and has created a fantastic new series that is in the spirit of Leonard’s unique brand of social satire and strong narrative voice.  Get Shorty promises to be yet another example of the type of high-end, premium TV that EPIX is committed to delivering to its subscribers.”

Now, while an attempt to re-enter this same world didn't turn out to well with the 2005 sequel BE COOL, that doesn't mean the idea of GET SHORTY as a TV series can't work. Both the movie and book are very smart as far as source material to be mined go, so, with the right approach, Epix may have something on their airwaves to make people say to themselves, "Hey, what the hell channel is Epix anyway?"

 

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3:18AM on 05/25/2016
Sometimes I think I'm the only one who loves Be Cool and all the Easter eggy nods it gave to the original. Truly underrated, in my opinion. First one is a comedy gem, second one is a great companion piece. That said, hell no to a TV show. I'd rather see one more movie.
Sometimes I think I'm the only one who loves Be Cool and all the Easter eggy nods it gave to the original. Truly underrated, in my opinion. First one is a comedy gem, second one is a great companion piece. That said, hell no to a TV show. I'd rather see one more movie.
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11:32PM on 05/24/2016
I've literally never ever heard of Epix. Is it a new channel? Is it just a super small and obscure one? Am I just totally out of the loop?
I've literally never ever heard of Epix. Is it a new channel? Is it just a super small and obscure one? Am I just totally out of the loop?
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9:34PM on 05/24/2016
I love the movie so much, and it was arguably the moment in Travolta's comeback, initiated by Pulp Fiction, when, for a moment, he had arrived. Chili Palmer is as cool as they come. That said, I'm a little on the fence if we're serious, because I didn't even think Be Cool the book was that great, and avoided the movie after abysmal reviews. But then I remember that TV series based on Elmore Leonard novels have tended to be fun to watch. Karen Sisco was a short-lived wonder at a time when
I love the movie so much, and it was arguably the moment in Travolta's comeback, initiated by Pulp Fiction, when, for a moment, he had arrived. Chili Palmer is as cool as they come. That said, I'm a little on the fence if we're serious, because I didn't even think Be Cool the book was that great, and avoided the movie after abysmal reviews. But then I remember that TV series based on Elmore Leonard novels have tended to be fun to watch. Karen Sisco was a short-lived wonder at a time when episodic TV was disappearing. Justified nailed the witty and brutal tone of Leonard's novels. If they can keep Leonard in mind, this could be a great show. But unlike those shows, that followed law officers, Chili Palmer, who is a loan shark, and not even a very violent one, could turn into self-parody in the wrong hands.
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6:39PM on 05/24/2016

Nice

Great movie. Still need to see Be Cool. Dear god how have i still not seen Be Cool?
Great movie. Still need to see Be Cool. Dear god how have i still not seen Be Cool?
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6:02PM on 05/24/2016

Finally! A TV adaptation of a movie that makes sense!

There are many possibilities of what to do with the premise on a weekly basis. BE COOL sucked, but it's not because the material wasn't good enough for a sequel. I'm sure some will say that it'll be too similar to RAY DONOVAN. It won't be as long as it keeps the humour and as long as it doesn't have any family drama.
There are many possibilities of what to do with the premise on a weekly basis. BE COOL sucked, but it's not because the material wasn't good enough for a sequel. I'm sure some will say that it'll be too similar to RAY DONOVAN. It won't be as long as it keeps the humour and as long as it doesn't have any family drama.
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