Translating a successful film into a television show is a risky proposition. Studios risk the prospect of tainting the original property and angering fans. Sometimes, though, these television reboots can take off and become as good if not better then the films on which they're based. For every Limitless, Rush Hour, and Minority Report, there is a Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Hannibal, Fargo, and even Daredevil. And with television series continuing to draw large audiences, it's not hard to understand why studios are placing so much emphasis on the small screen lately.
Now THR is reporting that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is set to get the TV reboot treatment. The original film, released in 2004, starred Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet as a couple who erase one another from their memory, following a breakup. The film was hailed for its use of non-linear storytelling and the strong performances from its leads. The film even went on to win an Academy Award for best original screenplay by Charlie Kaufman.
Still in its early stages, the television series will be produced by Anonymous Content in partnership with Universal Cable Productions. Anonymous Content is currently known for being behind shows like True Detective and Mr. Robot. Kaufman, who wrote the original film, will not be involved in the series. Instead, Zev Borow, who has been a writer on shows like Forever and Chuck, is expected to write the pilot.
While the talent behind the scenes of this adaptation is impressive, it does make one curious as to how this property can be stretched out over the course of a series. Though, there could be a couple of different directions the show could go. One of the ways could be a double narrative where flashbacks are used in parallel with the present day as we witness a couple's relationship before and after the memory-erasing procedure. Each season could focus on a different couple as it takes place in their minds over the course of one night when the procedure is carried out.
Whatever direction the show decides to go in, it's sure to rustle the feathers of those already complaining that Hollywood is out of ideas and that everything these days is a reboot. And much like the characters in the film, hardcore fans will most likely wish they had the ability to have their memories erased when hearing about this news.
Screen Rant will have more details for you on the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind TV series as they are made available.