NBC has given the go ahead to producing a pilot for a TV version of “The Italian Job,” a drama series that would be based on the classic 1969 film and the more recent 2003 remake. The show, which is being described as a “noisy, sexy, thrill-ride,” would follow a make-shift family of criminals who are forced out of retirement when it’s revealed they can break a fellow member out of jail.
The story will follow Charlie Croker (played by Michael Caine and Mark Wahlberg in the films) as he traverses through a world of high-stakes heists. The show hopes to preserve the same action, humor, and romance from the movies, while also incorporating the exotic locations that they had come to be known for.
Currently, NBC has given a script commitment, essentially allowing them to produce the pilot but back out should they not want to move forward. “The Italian Job” TV series will be written and executive produced by Rob Weiss (“Entourage,” “Ballers”) as well as the producers of the 2003 remake, Benjamin Brand and Donald De Line.
“The Italian Job” joins a number of other small screen reboots/remakes of feature films, including “Lethal Weapon” and last season’s “Rush Hour.” Classic action TV shows are also getting the reboot treatment, like the recently debuted “MacGyver” and the recently announced “Magnum P.I.” sequel.
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