In the latest instance of a film being adapted for the small screen, NBC is set to turn 1999 crime thriller The Bone Collector into a TV series. While movies making the jump to TV is by no means a new phenomenon, recent years have seen a sharp uptick in the amount of such projects. Hannibal Lecter went from devouring the rude in films to bizarrely romancing Will Graham in Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal series, Sam Raimi’s horror hero Ash Williams began slaying Deadites on Starz’s Ash vs Evil Dead, and even The Omen’s antichrist Damien Thorn found new (albeit brief) life on A&E’s Damien, just to name a few examples.
Looking at the current landscape, FOX continues to air an adaptation of the Lethal Weapon film franchise, and just recently said goodbye to its TV reboot of The Exorcist. Amazon currently streams a Jack Ryan series starring John Krasinski, and is hard at work bringing Lord of the Rings to TV as well. The Paramount Network crashed and burned with its controversial Heathers reboot series, while FX’s drama inspired by the Coen Brothers’ Fargo has earned nearly universal acclaim. Coming soon down the pipeline are a Child’s Play series that follows Cult of Chucky, and the first ever live-action Star Wars show, The Mandalorian.
The flood of movies becoming TV shows looks unlikely to abate anytime soon, and the latest title to be added to the ever-growing list of adaptations is 1999’s The Bone Collector. Directed by Phillip Noyce, The Bone Collector starred Denzel Washington as paralyzed forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme and Angelina Jolie as rookie cop Amelia Donaghy. Together, the unlikely duo makes it their mission to find and stop a brutal serial killer operating within New York City. News of NBC’s Bone Collector TV series arrives via The Wrap, which reports that the project takes elements from both the film and the 1997 novel it’s based on, and will retain the same central premise.
Unfortunately, details beyond the above on The Bone Collector TV series are unavailable, as the project is in the early stages of development. It’ll be interesting to see which actors get tapped for the two lead roles, as Washington and Jolie leave big shoes to fill. One wonders though why this of all properties was selected for the TV resurrection treatment, as The Bone Collector was slammed by critics and far from a big hit at the box office, earning $151 million worldwide on a budget of $73 million.
Given that Washington and Jolie rarely appear on TV, one assumes they’ll have no involvement with this adaptation of The Bone Collector. Interestingly, the Lincoln Rhyme character in author Jeffery Deaver’s book series was white, and it’s unclear at present if NBC intends to cast a white actor in the role, or continue what Washington began and hire another black actor to play the part. One book-specific character detail the TV series looks to be restoring is the surname of the female lead, who was named Amelia Sachs in print, not Donaghy.
Source: The Wrap
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