Back in 1998, before the likes of Big Brother and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, Hollywood gave us The Truman Show. Starring Jim Carrey, it followed the fortunes of Truman Burbank – a man who unwittingly had every moment of his entire life broadcast to a worldwide audience.
Fifteen years later, Paramount are plotting to remake the film for TV, sending it out into an environment populated by the sort of reality shows it satirised so well. The studio would use a raft of source material, adapting the Oscar-nominated film as well as novels, screenplays and non-fiction that it already owns.
“We have three buckets of content we’re looking at,” Paramount executive Amy Powell told The Wrap, “and one of them is intellectual property the studio, which has been around for over 100 years, owns.”
Powell heads up Paramount’s ambitious television department and recently poached US network AMC’s Jason Fisher to become their new head of production (he’s the man who oversaw the likes of Breaking Bad, Mad Men and The Walking Dead).
Along with her plans to rework The Truman Show, Powell also hinted at adaptations of The Alienist – a 1994 novel by Caleb Carr – which she termed an “incredible piece of writing”, and a TV series inspired by The Terminator sci-fi franchise.