Paramount is adapting Ghost as a television series, 23 years after the film hit theaters.
Starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost was released on July 13, 1990. The romantic fantasy film was nominated from five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Score, and Best Film Editing. Goldberg won the award for Best Supporting Actress, and screenwriter Bruce Joel Robin took home the award for Best Original Screenplay. Produced on a budget of $21 million, Ghost grossed over $505 million at the box office and was the highest-grossing film of 1990.
The pilot for the TV adaptation will be written Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. Goldsman’s credits include A Beautiful Mind and I Am Legend, and Pinkner’s include Fringe and Alias.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Akiva and Jeff, two deeply creative and accomplished talents, on the television adaptation of this classic supernatural drama,” Amy Powell, president of Paramount Television, said in a statement.
Paramount, which launched its TV unit in July, teamed with Sony TV to develop the Beverly Hills Cop pilot. The first film was released in 1984, earning $234 million at the domestic box office and $316 million worldwide. Two sequels followed in 1987 and 1994. CBS rejected the pilot, which would have seen Eddie Murphy return as Axel Foley in a supporting role. Brandon T. Jackson was set to star as his son, Aaron Foley. Creator Shawn Ryan shopped the pilot around to other networks, but confirmed that the project was canceled after it failed to get picked up.
After the Beverly Hills Cop pilot failed, Paramount announced that it was developing a third sequel.
Ghost star Patrick Swayze died on September 14, 2009, after a nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57. Last November, Kirstie Alley revealed that she and Swayze had a secret relationship while they were both married to other people. Alley said the affair being while they were filming the 1985 film North and South. She said she didn’t consider it an affair because they were in love. At the time, Alley was married to her second husband, Parker Stevenson, and Swayze had been married to his widow, Lisa Niemi, for a decade.