"Get Shorty" is set to be Epix's third original scripted series, as "Shameless" producer Davey Holmes has now been tapped to adapt the hit Elmore Leonard novel for the premium cable channel.
According to Deadline, the 10-episode "Get Shorty" adaptation comes from a partnership between Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM. It's set to debut in the summer of 2017, across Epix’s channels, Epix On Demand, Epix.com and TV Everywhere platforms.
Holmes is writing the TV series, which will follow: "Miles Daly, who 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."
Commenting on the project, Epix president Mark S. Greenberg said, "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."
Prior to the TV adaptation, "Get Shorty" was made into a well-received 1995 Barry Sonnenfeld film, starring John Travolta -- who won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor-Motion Picture Musical or Comedy -- alongside Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito and Rene Russo. It had a sequel, "Be Cool," which was released in 2005 to a less-than-positive response.