Fox has handed out a pilot order to an untitled TV drama about a group of students who attempt to reenact the 1985 movie The Goonies.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will follow the story of Stella Cooper, a woman who returns to her dilapidated hometown to become a substitute teacher after failing to make it in New York. Feeling hopeless, she finds new focus as she agrees to help three students pursue their filmmaking desires by creating an ambitious shot-for-shot remake of The Goonies, described as a “love letter to the power of cinema, storytelling and dreams.”
Fox has reportedly enlisted The Bold Type creator Sarah Watson to pen the script for the untitled film re-enactment project, which is coming from Warner Bros. TV, Fox’s content accelerator SideCar and Amblin TV. Both Warner Bros. and Amblin produced the original swashbuckling adventure film about a rag-tag band of kids in search of hidden treasure.
Superbad helmer Greg Mottola is attached to direct and executive produce the pilot, while Richard Donner, who directed and produced the 80s film, is set to executive produce the potential series alongside Lauren Shuler Donner and SideCar’s Gail Berman, as well as Amblin TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.
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As the report notes, the newly-announced project is Fox’s eighth pilot order overall and fourth drama of the season, marking a significant shift in the network’s push towards original content in the age of reboots and revivals.
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