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Iconic 70s Movie 'Smokey and the Bandit’ is coming to TV!

The 1977 classic action comedy film "Smokey and the Bandit " is being adapted for television. Universal Studio Group, and the Fuzzy Door of Seth MacFarlane are co-operating to develop a series based on the Burt Reynolds movie. The series is being written by "Pineapple Express" director David Gordon Green and regular collaborator Brian Sides.

MacFarlane and Green are executive producers. "Smokey and the Bandit" is described as an epic adventure of a family, small-town crime, unexpected heroes, legends and heritage. Inspired by the genre of car theaters of the 70s and 80s that played two movies at once, the series will explore the intersections where modest realities merge with larger-than-life ones, accompanied by explosions of exhaust gas.

The original film was produced by Universal Pictures and starred Reynolds, who passed away just over two years ago, in the iconic role of the character Bo “Bandit” Darville. Bandit was held to smuggle 400 cases of beer across the country from Texarkana, Texas, to Atlanta. The film, which also stars Sally Field, Jerry Reed and Jackie Gleason, was a major box office hit for Universal.

In a statement, Green said: "As someone who grew up in the South, the film has an iconic meaning. The legacy of these characters is a swagger and a spoilt playground that I'm excited to dive into." Erica Huggins is executive producing for Rough house Pictures, with Green, Danny McBride, Jody Hill and Brandon James on behalf of Fuzzy Door. Green's recent work on the white screen includes a remake and sequel to the "Halloween" series. On the TV front, he recently directed some episodes of "Vice Principals," "Dickinson," "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet" and "The Righteous Gemstones."

This post was written in 28 OCTOBER 2020

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