While the idea of movies being spun-off and developed into TV shows seems to be a recent and growing trend, Harvey Weinstein had seen this coming years ago. You might not remember, but way back in 2011 it was revealed that he had struck a deal with the new owners of his old studio Miramax, to develop the properties there into sequels and TV shows. That meant titles like “Shakespeare in Love,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Swingers,” “Clerks,” “Shall We Dance,” “The Amityville Horror” and “Rounders” were all on the table to be played with, so to speak. And hell, just this past spring Robert Rodriguez announced another Miramax title—”From Dusk Til Dawn“—was headed to a TV series. Now another movie from the Miramax catalog is going to the small screen.
Deadline reports that James Mangold‘s “Cop Land” is now being developed for a TV series over at Starz. Even more, this isn’t just taking a title and running with it. Mangold, the original writer/director, is back to executive produce (with Kathy Conrad) and pen the pilot (with Brian Goluboff). No word yet on any other details, but it will basically follow the plot of the film which followed a regular New Jersey cop who soon sees the corruption and mob connections at the heart of his town. And yeah, we could easily see the world of “Cop Land” expanding to fit the space of a series, so we’re willing to see where this goes.
As for Harvey Weinstein, while he isn’t producing, he’s apparently busting some hangs with Tom Barrack, who is now essentially in control of Miramax, with plans to help develop a slate of programming. So look out! A “Shall We Dance”-themed reality show could be coming your way (or something).