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ABC welcomes Enemy of the State

ABC in the US has become the latest to reboot a movie for TV, this time making a pilot commitment for a television version of 1998 feature Enemy of the State.

The show is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who was behind the movie, and ABC Studios. Morgan Davis Foehl (Blackhat) is writing the adaptation.

Set 20 years after the Will Smith-starring film, the series follows the relationship between an attorney and an FBI agent who try to stop state secrets being exposed.

The movie explored domestic surveillance, with Disney producing alongside Bruckheimer on the US$250m box-office hit.

The deal with ABC is the first to emerge since the veteran producer chose not to renew the 15-year exclusive agreement between his production outfit, Jerry Bruckheimer Television (JBT), and US studio Warner Bros Television (WBTV).

The company, whose overall deal with WBTV ran out at the end of May, has been behind shows including Hostages and Without a Trace.

Movie reboots have been surging over recent months, with JBT adapting Training Day for CBS. The US broadcaster also remade Limitless, which has since been cancelled, while ABC has a Dirty Dancing reboot and Fox is airing a TV version of Lethal Weapon.

Netflix has also got in on the act, turning Spike Lee’s movie She’s Gotta Have It into a 10-part show, while The CW has turned its attention to Rambo.

 

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