Hollywood’s appetite for remakes and retreads seems insatiable. The latest movie rumored to be hitting the re-tread department is the 1988 Jim Carrey hit, “The Truman Show,” which Paramount’s TV division is eying for a potential television series.
“The Truman Show” movie is about an insurance salesman named Truman Burbank whose entire life is a reality show. The twist? He’s the only one who has no idea that he lives on a gigantic set and that his family, friends and coworkers are all part of the reality television show’s cast. Truman’s life is broadcast 24/7 and the elements in his life are controlled by executive producer Christof. The movie deals with Truman’s realization that all in his life is not as it seems and how he deals with this new “reality.”
Before it left the world of television production eight years ago, Paramount gave the world such hits as “Star Trek” and “Cheers.” Today, it is hoping to return to its former glory. The company recently hired several executives to help them develop and produce broadcast, cable and online shows.
A show based on “The Truman Show” could be a nice complement to today’s reality television-saturated TV lineups. The movie, which did $264 million at the box office, was also a critical success. It was nominated for three Oscars –a best supporting nod for actor Ed Harris, best director and best writing. “The Truman Show” also turned out to be an excellent showcase for the more serious side of popular comedian Jim Carrey.
According to a statement released by Paramount TV president Amy Powell, the division hopes to “develop new ideas as well as harness some of the studio’s most iconic titles.” So keep your eyes peeled. It sounds like you can look forward to seeing a number of your old favorite Paramount movies being reborn as broadcast, cable or television shows.