The slices of the streaming pie are getting smaller and smaller, but ViacomCBS is working hard to grab its piece. Paramount+, recently rebranded from CBS All Access, is heading to its back catalog once again. The service announced a raft of new shows greenlit for Paramount+ this week, cherry-picking from films as far back as 1969.
Joining the previously-announced Grease prequel musical and Godfather documentary are five new shows based on films from Paramount’s library: The Italian Job, Fatal Attraction, Love Story, Flashdance, and The Parallax View.
Each show is taking a slightly different approach to updating its material. The Italian Job acts as a sequel to the original 1969 film–ignoring the 2003 remake. The show will focus on the grandchildren of Michael Caine’s character, Charlie Croker, who inherit his safety deposit box and set out to find the Italian bullion from the movie. Hawaii Five-O writer Matt Wheeler is helping the show. Donald De Line, who produced that 2003 remake, is onboard as well.
Fatal Attraction released in 1987 starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close as a man stalked by a woman with whom he had a one night stand. The new series will update the material, according to Paramount Television Studios President Nicole Clemens, with modern attitudes toward things like personality disorders and stalking. Stanley Jaffe and Sherry Lansing, who produced the original film, are back on board to produce. Alexandra Cunningham and Kevin Hynes of Dirty John will write the script.
Also coming are Love Story, based on the 1970 film and produced by The O.C. and Gossip Girl masterminds Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage; Flashdance will bring the 1983 feature to life in a modern-day setting focusing on a Black woman in the ballet world; The Parallax View, about a journalist investigating a secretive organization called The Parallax Corporation, does not yet have a writer attached, though Paula Wagner (Mission: Impossible) will executive produce.
Paramount has not revealed premiere dates or time frames for any of these shows just yet, as most of them are in very early stages of pre-production.
Paramount+ launches March 4.