Showtime can add another feather to its programming cap after outbidding a number of other outlets to secure a new series remake of “In the Heat of the Night,” Variety reports.
The project comes from Tate Taylor, Warren Littlefield and MGM TV.
“The pay cabler has commissioned multiple scripts with an eye toward a straight-to-series order if the scripts are well-received,” Variety reports. “The project, based on the 1967 Sidney Poitier-Rod Steiger pic, is described as an exploration of character and race set in modern-day Mississippi. Taylor is a native son of the Magnolia state, and he’s known for his touch with material set in the South as the filmmaker behind ‘The Help’ and this year’s James Brown biopic ‘Get On Up.’”
Taylor will write at least two of the scripts, and if the project gets that far, is signed on to direct, the report notes. Taylor, Littlefield and John Norris are executive producing.
The report notes that Littlefield was behind an earlier series adaptation of “Heat of the Night,” which starred Carroll O’Connor. Littlefield was a programmer at the time at NBC, and launched the series in 1988. It went on to an eight-season run, first on NBC before moving to CBS.