Variety is reporting that Joel Silver is adapting his 2016 film The Nice Guys into a female-led drama series at Fox, with Fox ordering a script for the project.
The film was set in 1977 Los Angeles where we follow single father and licensed private investigator, Holland March, being hired by the aunt of a famous porn star named Misty Mountains to find her niece whom she persistently believes is alive, even though she died earlier in the week. March accepts the job which leads to him to tracking down a girl named Amelia, which puts him on a path with enforcer Jackson Healy, who is hired by Amelia to intimidate Holland to stay away from her. Healy learns that Amelia has disappeared and that March isn’t the only party interested in her whereabouts and the two of them team up to find Amelia before the thugs do.
The Nice Guys was directed by Shane Black and starred Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. The Nice Girls is described as a one-hour contemporary female take on the feature film, with Fox giving a script commitment with a significant penalty attached.
Michael Diliberti (Writer on comedy film 30 Minutes or Less) will be writing and executive producing on the project, with Joel Silver and his president of television Rodney Ferrell will also be executive producing with Ken Kao. The project is a co-production between Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox Television and Silver Pictures Television.
The news has me torn about adapting The Nice Guys for the small screen with a contemporary female take. Primarily it feels like since the film unfortunately bombed at the box office last year, it means that Silver is looking to start with a new canvas but potentially maintain the tone of Black’s film. The issue I have is not only do I think that the film is one of the better ones this decade, it feels really early to reboot the property as it were. Unless they bring in Angourie Rice as one of the female leads to keep it within the film verse? Or have Crowe and/or Gosling make an appearance or two? While I’m skeptical on this project, Silver’s previous property getting the TV treatment has been a surprising success in Lethal Weapon, so I’ll still give this a shot if it gets a pilot order.