After working on docu-series at CNN this year, Robert Redford is moving to scripted television with “Homeland” producer Alex Cary. At Sunday’s Produced By conference held by the PGA, Cary told the crowd he was working on a TV adaptation of “Brubaker,” Redford’s 1980 film, with the iconic actor and filmmaker.
The original film told the story of a new warden who pretends to be a convict in order to expose corruption at his prison. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg, “Brubaker” starred Redford and Morgan Freeman, earning an Oscar nod for screenwriters W.D. Richter and Arthur A. Ross.
Redford has executive-produced many documentaries, including the 2014 CNN series “Chicagoland” and “Death Row Stories,” but “Brubaker” would mark his first scripted series. It also marks yet another movie adaptation for television, following the success stories of “Fargo,” “About a Boy,” “Hannibal,” “Parenthood,” “Friday Night Lights,” and many others. The trend is growing and the power players of film are ready to support it, perhaps now seeing an opportunity to produce the movies they used to be able to make — mid-budget adult dramas — as television shows.