‘The Truman Show’ Returns as TV Series – Will You Watch?

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It might have failed to turn three Academy Award nominations into wins, but The Truman Show remains a fan-favorite staple of late 90s cinema. Fifteen years after it was up for Best Director (Peter Weir), Best Supporting Actor (Ed Harris), and Best Original Screenplay (Andrew Niccol) in the 71st annual Oscars race, among countless other award nominations (and several wins), the dramedy film continues to spur new discussions and interpretations – especially as our culture has become increasingly obsessed with social network over-sharing.

Hackers tap webcams and search our e-mails, burglars monitor Four Square for local marks on vacation, and impressionable teenagers send scandalous pictures to one another without a second thought. In a world where we are dangerously naive about personal privacy, the story of Truman Burbank has become more poignant and resonant than ever. Apparently, Paramount Pictures agrees and has initiated development on a Truman Show TV series.

To be clear, the TV series will be a fictional story based on Andrew Niccol’s story about a man unknowingly living his life as part of a semi-scripted reality TV show – not a Truman Show branded reality experiment. No doubt, a real-life Truman Show would be a smash success in our celebrity-obsessed world, but a reimagining of the film setup is also rife with potential – assuming Paramount finds the right filmmakers (and network) to turn the clever movie concept into a serialized TV series.

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According to The Wrap, the announcement came as part of a new initiative at the studio – which hired a team of executives to oversee key departments: David Goldman (head of business affairs), Jennifer Howell (head of comedy development), Annette Savitch (head of drama development), and Stephanie Love (head of finance).

As a result, The Truman Show TV series was name dropped alongside the new Terminator TV series (which will reportedly crossover with the Terminator: Genesis reboot), as well as a drama adaptation of Caleb Carr’s novel The Alienist, and a “limited series based on A. Scott Berg’s biography of Charles Lindbergh.” The report asserts that development on The Truman Show series is in very early stages – meaning the studio is ready to announce their intentions but has yet to hire show runners, a pilot director, or any cast members.

Despite over fifteen years since the film’s release, a Truman Show series actually makes a lot of sense. It’s a rich setup, featuring a charged mystery, that is rife for drama and unexpected twists. In the wrong hands any potential could be squandered but if a clever producer, like Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) or Kyle Killen (Awake), signed-on, there are plenty of interesting (and timely) ideas that could be explored. Duality identity characters like Truman’s “best friend” Marlon and wife Meryl, along with anti-Truman Show activists, not to mention the unintended connections Burbank forms (such as his lost love, Sylvia), would all serve as an ample foundation for The Truman Show TV series to provide a unique and fresh examination of humanity across multiple layers – especially if the program opts to focus on characters outside of the Seahaven archeological dome as well.

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Beyond the core Burbank personal story, watching show runners toy with the self-referential tone established by Weir (e.g., sponsored advertising within Truman’s idilic town) could be a lot of fun – not to mention the many postings around Seahaven warning Truman against the dangers of travel (“It could happen to you”). For all the potential, fans of Weir’s film will understandably see a Truman Show TV series as Hollywood attempting to capitalize on a beloved move property – and that’s probably the case. Still, the logistics and challenges of The Truman Show were interesting – even if the film, thankfully, remained glued to its quality character story – and there’s reason to believe that expanding the focus might provide a worthwhile drama series.

That is to say, assuming Paramount can find the right network, director, writers, and (most importantly) actor to fill Jim Carrey’s shoes.

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The Truman Show TV series is in the early stages of development at Paramount and does not have an official premiere date (yet).

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Sources: The Wrap

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  1. I really don’t understand this “let’s turn every popular 90′s movie into TV-series” mindset…

    • I think the tv show idea is more interesting than a remake, and generally i believe so far theyve been more successful.

      • It amazes me that there are people out there who actually have the time to sit and watch season upon season of these pale imitations of perfectly self contained movies that said it better in two hours or less. I mean, these HBO style shows have been ripping off movies for years now as well, but at least they took a little effort to dress it up and make it seem like it was something new to the layman.

  2. seems perfect for a series. i wonder if carry will do a small cameo

  3. “Will You Watch?”

    Nope… the gimmicky premise has run its course throughout the movie. A TV show of that concept has no appeal to me whatsoever.

  4. Maybe, seeing how the truman show is the most horrifying thing I can imagine psychologically, worse than the matrix being that everyone knows except you.

  5. That’s pretty meta.

  6. Hollywood, why? Instead of remaking every damn thing that’s already been made, why not read some books and adapt those to film or into TV shows?

  7. This is my all time favorite movie. They will ruin it.

    • Are they planning on destroying all the copies of the old one or splicing in new scenes from the show?
      I dont see how this new series could ruin a movie that already exists.

  8. No…

  9. A TV show would be so long and drawn out, it would annoy every viewer. Plus, how would it last over multiple seasons? Isn’t that the point of making a TV show? But whatever. I definitely won’t watch!

  10. Well, if they do this right it could have possibly the greatest series finale ever (albeit predictable).

  11. 7 episode series;

    First episode – Seahaven
    We witness a normal day in the life of Truman Burbank introducing us to the characters and the life he leads in Seahaven

    Second episode – Troubled Past
    We witness a normal day in the life of Truman Burbank where we learn more about his past and his fears and aspirations

    Third episode – Anniversary
    We witness a normal day in the life of Truman Burbank as he begins questioning reality when a light falls from the sky.

    Fourth episode – Revolution
    Truman begins fighting back attempting to leave Seahaven however is blocked at every step

    Fifth episode – Escape
    Truman becomes isolated and attempts to escape, finding himself hunted by the world he used to know

    Sixth episode – Santa María
    We see Truman’s escape on the Santa María crashing into the dome as Christof appears.

    Seventh episode – Good afternoon, Good evening, and Good night
    Christof explains to Truman the truth behind Seahaven with flashbacks to help show the scenario’s we’ve seen through the series. The series ends with Truman deciding whether to leave – saying his catchphrase as the episode ends.

  12. The Truman show was awful. No one wants a crappy show. Please Jim Carrey stick to comedy

  13. The movie got a little dull at times so no thanks. What we have already was perfect and the reality TV thing has become the norm now so it’s pointless.

  14. Wouldn’t the Truman show series basically be the Kardashians, or any of those other fake reality shows that are scripted?

  15. You know that it’s gonna take all the humor out and it will be a boring bloated mess, no interest at all…

  16. This could go either way really. There are so many options and potential stories that could be told in the “Truman Show” concept/universe that the success of the show will really depend on the quality of the writers. Not to mention the importance of the lead actor, since everyone will be thinking of Jim Carrey. Will they try casting a “similar” actor or will they go in the complete opposite direction so they can announce the series as being “a completely different take on the Truman Show”.

    Sounds like a hit or miss kinda show. I will probably check it out just to see what they’ve come up with.

  17. “Good morning…and in case I don’t see you again, good afternoon, good evening and good night”! LOL unforgettably hilarious

  18. The more I think about this this more I think this could really work. Film the weekly series, but also put various small videos clips online to give off the illusion that we were able to watch him 24/7.

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