Skydance Productions will follow-up its backing of WGN America’s Manh(a)ttan with a Three Days of the Condor remake, based on the late Sydney Pollack’s excellent spy thriller. THR reports that David Ellison’s production house will partner with MGM and Paramount TV on the project, which is still in the scripting phase with Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg, and has yet to announce any cast members or a director. Indeed, it’s not even clear if the show will be presented as a mini-series or something more.
Pollack’s original, an adaptation of James Grady’s novel Six Days of the Condor, concerns a straight-laced CIA agent, played by Robert Redford, who kidnaps an unsuspecting woman (Faye Dunaway) after he gets dragged into a political conspiracy that begins with the mass murder of his co-workers. While on the run from a variety of double agents, professional assassins, politicians, and corporate thugs, the unlikely pair fall in love. Dunaway was nominated for Golden Globe for her performance, and the film scored a Best Editing nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Three Days of the Condor remake follows in the footsteps of HBO’s upcoming small-screen treatment of Westworld, another New Hollywood gem that may have legs as a long-form series. It’s an interesting concept and a bold next move in the realm of television for Skydance, which recently backed Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, the Lily Tomlin–Jane Fonda comedy series from Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman. The tendency to remake classic 1970s films into television series, which essentially started with M.A.S.H., has become increasingly popular and there’s a glut of films that could benefit from some narrative expansion. That being said, I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for a series order for The Marriage of Maria Braun or That Obscure Object of Desire.