Paramount Reviving “Ghost” for the Small Screen
If the Television Gods have their way, one of Hollywood’s most iconic romances is on its way to becoming a weekly series.
Paramount TV is looking to revive Ghost for the small screen, Deadline Hollywood said Tuesday. Company chiefs are teaming with a pair of writers — Akiva Goldsman, the scribe behind A Beautiful Mind, and Fringe’s Jeff Pinker — to script a television adaptation of the 1990 romantic drama starring Demi Moore and late actor Patrick Swayze.
Paramount TV president Amy Powell in a statement:
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Akiva and Jeff, two deeply creative and accomplished talents, on the television adaptation of this classic supernatural drama.”
It’s unknown when the potential Ghost series will hit the air or who will be cast in the show.
The film about the ghost of a murdered man (Swayze), who uses the talents of a spirited spiritualist (a role that won Whoopi Goldberg an Oscar) to communicate with his heartbroken girlfriend (Moore), has gained an almost cult-like following in the years since its release. So much so in fact that director Taro Otani directed a Japanese-language remake of the film that opened in Asian cinemas in the fall of 2011.
Ghost has also found success on the stage. In 2011, Bruce Joel Rubin adapted his Oscar-winning screenplay into Ghost: The Musical. The smash production first launched as a seven-week tryout at the Opera House in Manchester before kicking off a run on England’s famed West End and eventually moving Stateside.