NBC is going Italian. Deadline reports the network has ordered a new series based on The Italian Job movies.
The original 1969 film follows a group of criminals who commit a larger robbery in Italy. A remake was released in 2003 starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Edward Norton, and Donald Sutherland.
Written/executive produced by Rob Weiss (HBO’s Entourage, Ballers) and Benjamin Brand (IFC’s Bollywood Hero) and executive produced by the 2003 movie’s producer Donald De Line, The Italian Job TV series is described as a noisy, sexy, thrill-ride that follows a make-shift family of expert criminals, who are forced out of retirement when an opportunity arises to get their beloved “patriarch” out of jail. At the core of this dysfunctional family is Charlie Croker — played by Caine and Wahlberg in the movies — 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. The idea is for the series to preserve the action, humor, romance and picturesque international locales from the movies.”
What do you think? Are you a fan of The Italian Job movies? Would you watch the TV adaptation?