The adaptation of 1980s TV series The Fall Guy has been in development for a while, but what better actor to land to give the project a shot in the arm than Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 6). Starring Lee Majors, The Fall Guy centered on a stuntman who moonlighted as a bounty hunter when work was slow. Just as Johnson is reported as being in negotiations to step into Majors’ shoes, McG (We Are Marshall) is also in talks to direct. If deals were to close, casting would likely look to the roles of a sidekick cousin and a fetching female stunt actress, played by Douglas Barr and Heather Thomas in the original series, respectively. That is, if the big-screen version were to follow in the footsteps of the ABC series; no plot details are available just yet. Hit the jump for more, including a look at the show’s intro that features shots of 1980s Hollywood (and a vintage beauty in Thomas).
Coming off of the less-than-stellar Green Lantern, director Martin Campbell may now helm an adaptation of a different sort. Deadline reports that the Casino Royale director is in early discussions to helm the feature film adaptation of the TV series The Fall Guy. The series ran on ABC from 1981 to 1986 and starred Lee Majors as a stuntman who used his expertise in special effects and stunts to moonlight as a bounty hunter. The film is being written by X-Men: First Class and Thor scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. Walter Parkes is producing the adaptation. While a Green Lantern sequel is far from a certainty at the moment, Campbell previously stated that he had no intention of returning to the superhero franchise if one were to be produced. Miller and Stentz were recently hired to pen the Top Gun sequel for Jerry Bruckheimer. Hit the jump to watch the intro to the TV series.
In a post-A-Team world, action series from the eighties seem to be en vogue. Scribe Jason Richman is currently fashioning a MacGyver movie with just a paper clip and some twine. Russell Crowe is attached to a remake of the CBS crime series The Equalizer. Now DreamWorks is hard at work on a reboot of the Lee Major stuntman series The Fall Guy.
The series was created by Glen A. Larson, the man behind such series as Magnum P.I., Knight Rider, and the original Battlestar Galactica. Majors starred as Hollywood stuntman/bounty hunter Colt Seavers, who did all the cool things you would expect a stuntman/bounty hunter to do. More after the jump: