EPIX has ordered the Get Shorty TV show from MGM TV and Shameless executive producer Davey Holmes. Like Barry Sonnenfeld’s 1995 MGM film of the same name, starring John Travolta, Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman and Rene Russo, the upcoming comedy series is based on the Elmore Leonard novel.
Get Shorty marks the third original scripted series at EPIX. The first season will consist of ten one-hour episodes. No cast has been announced.
Here is the EPIX press release.
May 24 2016
EPIX® REIMAGINES ELMORE LEONARD’S CRAFTY NOVEL ‘GET SHORTY’ FOR TELEVISION PRODUCED BY MGM TELEVISION, THE ORIGINAL SERIES IS A DARK COMEDY SLATED TO START PRODUCTION FALL 2016
EPIX® REIMAGINES ELMORE LEONARD’S CRAFTY NOVEL ‘GET SHORTY’ FOR TELEVISION
PRODUCED BY MGM TELEVISION, THE ORIGINAL SERIES IS A DARK COMEDY SLATED TO START PRODUCTION FALL 2016
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 24, 2016 – Premium TV network EPIX® announced today it will go into production on Get Shorty from MGM Television. Created and executive produced by Davey Holmes (“Shameless,” “In Treatment,” “Damages”), the one hour drama series is a reimagining of Elmore Leonard’s 1990 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name. Production on the series is anticipated to begin this fall and air summer 2017.
In Get Shorty, Miles Daly works as muscle for a murderous crime ring in Nevada. For the sake of his daughter, he attempts to change professions and become a movie producer, laundering money through a Hollywood film. But instead of leaving the criminal world behind, he accidentally brings it with him to Los Angeles.
“We’re excited to be working with MGM on Get Shorty,” said Mark S. Greenberg, President and CEO, EPIX. “I had the pleasure of working with Elmore Leonard early in my career and I am a big fan of his writing. Davey Holmes is a tremendous talent and has created a fantastic new series that is in the spirit of Leonard’s unique brand of social satire and strong narrative voice. Get Shorty promises to be yet another example of the type of high-end, premium TV that EPIX is committed to delivering to its subscribers.”
“Davey has created a modern-day re-envisioning of Elmore Leonard’s timeless cult classic where organized crime and Hollywood collide in very funny ways. We are thrilled to bring these irreverent characters to fans and audiences around the globe with our fantastic partners at EPIX,” said Mark Burnett, President, Television and Digital Group, MGM and Steve Stark, President, Television Development and Production, MGM.
MGM, a joint venture partner in EPIX, produced the 1995 movie version of Get Shorty that starred John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, and Danny DeVito and was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Travolta won the Golden Globe® Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of the lead character Chili Palmer and the film received a Golden Globe Award® nomination for Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
What do you think? How do you like the sound of the Get Shorty TV series? Who would you like to see cast?