The trend of movies getting TV adaptation continues. NBC is reportedly developing a new series based on The Italian Job, which is being inspired by both the 1969 original and the 2003 remake. The series will not be a continuation of either movie, rather a reboot, which means it isn't likely we'll be seeing Mark Wahlberg, Mos Def or Jason Statham show up this time around.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, but they didn't mention any actors who are attached to this new version of The Italian Job. Rob Weiss of Ballers and Entourage fame, along with Benjamin Brand are set to pen the script for the new series, who are also serving as executive producers. Donald De Line, who produced the 2003 remake, will also be executive producing the show. Paramount's TV division is producing the show, which makes sense given that Paramount Pictures handled both the 1969 and the 2003 movie versions of The Italian Job.
NBC's reboot of The Italian Job is said to follow a "makeshift" family made up of expert criminals, much like the ones featured in the movies. They are forced to come out of retirement when an opportunity arises to get the leader of their gang of criminals out of jail. Leading the band of criminals will be Charlie Croker, who was portrayed by Mark Wahlberg in the 2003 version and Michael Caine in the original. He is described as "a handsome and charming ex-con who tried to go straight, but like the rest of his crew, can't resist the adrenaline rush of the high-stakes heist world."
Hollywood is very obsessed with reboots on both the big and small screen, but television reboots of popular movies have been quite the trend lately. Just recently, Fox launched a reboot of Lethal Weapon and FX has had quite a bit of success with their take on Fargo. NBC is also developing a series based on the Liam Neeson action movie Taken, which is set to debut later this season. In addition to The Italian Job, there are plenty of other movie-to-TV adaptations taking place, including The Lost Boys, Varsity Blues, The Departed and Let the Right One In.
Both of the big screen versions of The Italian Job were a hit with critics. While box office figures for the original aren't available, the 2003 remake, directed by Straight Outta Compton's F. Gary Gray, grossed $176 million worldwide from a $60 million budget. It also has a very respectable 73 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which NBC is surely hoping will translate to viewers tuning in, assuming the show actually makes it to air. The report didn't make it clear, but NBC will likely shoot and want to see a pilot before ordering The Italian Job to series, which is typically the case, especially for network television. Occasionally a network will have enough faith to order a run of episodes from the get-go, and sometimes a pilot will get shot and never make it to air. We will have to wait and see which way things go with this The Italian Job reboot.