A TV series inspired by the celebrated indie film “My Beautiful Laundrette” is in the works, with “The Big Sick” star Kumail Nanjiani attached to co-write and star, according to Variety. “Traffic” scribe Stephen Gaghan is executive producing with Super Deluxe, which is best known for making bizarre viral video content but expanding into longer form projects. No distribution deal has been set for the series.
With themes touching on immigration and LGBT issues, the adaptation couldn’t be more timely.
“My Beautiful Laundrette’ is being reimagined into a TV series and will be loosely inspired by the film,” a source at Super Deluxe told IndieWire. “It’s not a literal remake. It’s still in development and it’s too soon to comment on the storyline.”
Directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi, “My Beautiful Laundrette” charts a British Pakistini man (Gordon Warnecke) who opens a laundromat in London with his white punk boyfriend, originally played by Daniel Day-Lewis. The film was hailed for its complex and comical take on tensions between London’s Pakistani and English communities. The British Film Institute ranked “My Beautiful Laundrette” as the 50th greatest British film of the 20th century.
Kureishi will also executive produce, along with “Silicon Valley” producer Alec Berg. “Laundrette” marks one of the first television projects for Super Deluxe, which just announced the sale of its supernatural drama “Chambers” to Netflix. Gaghan is attached to executive produce the 10-episode series.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect clarifying comments from Super Deluxe.