Kevin Williamson develops Rear Window TV series
Kevin Williamson is developing a TV series reimagining Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, as well as another based on David Fincher’s The Game.
Reviving one of the greatest films of all time is no easy task, but Kevin Williamson is up for the challenge. Date reports that the Scream a writer developing a TV series retelling Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, and I can already hear the cry of sacrilege.
Based on Cornell Woolrich’s 1942 short story, It Had to Be Murder, Rear window Jimmy Stewart stars as a wheelchair-bound photographer who spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and is convinced one of them has committed a murder, despite the suspicions of his fashion model girlfriend, played by Grace Kelly. To be fair, the iconic film was previously remade with the 1998 made-for-TV movie starring Christopher Reeve. Yes too temptationwhich was at least partially inspired by the Hitchcock film.
Kevin Williamson and his production banner, Outerbanks Entertainment, completed an all-out deal with Universal Television in December, with the Rear window series just one of four main projects he develops. Yes too The It Girl, based on the novel of the same name by Ruth Ware, which follows a woman searching for answers ten years after her friend’s murder. Williamson will co-write the script with Sarah L. Thompson. Williamson also writes The Shore, a family crime drama that follows a dysfunctional clan struggling to keep their collapsing fishing empire afloat. The fourth project The Game, an adaptation of the David Fincher film. Original screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris are adapting the project, which is still in development internally.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Universal Television family,” said Williamson. “When you are doing television, it is so important to have partners who believe in you, support and encourage you. In Universal Television I have found that. I’m excited to be working with such an amazing team doing what I love to do.Erin Underhill, President of Universal Television, said, “Kevin is a prolific and brilliant creator with a proven track record of producing iconic hits for both the big and small screen. He is a reliable colleague whose imagination is boundless and inspiring. We love our creative partnership with Kevin and his great team at Outerbanks. We think fans will love everything they cook.“
The Rear window TV series obviously need to expand on the story, but there will be many hurdles to overcome if the project even wants to come close to Hitchcock’s film.