‘American Gigolo’s Paul Schrader Calls TV Adaptation ‘Terrible Idea’ – Deadline

Accustomed to torrid takes, Paul Schrader has a new target in sight: his own film.

To be more exact, an upcoming TV adaptation for its 1980 film. Showtime released a trailer earlier this week for american gigolowith Jon Bernthal, Gretchen Mol and Rosie O’Donnell.

The director of the original, along with Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton, took to his Facebook page to lambast the new Jerry Bruckheimer-produced adaptation, saying he had no involvement in the show and would not direct it. wouldn’t look.

“After the Showtime trailer went live, I was asked if I was involved,” Schrader wrote. ” The answer is no. »

Paramount apparently called Schrader years ago, sparking the Oscar-nominated director’s interest in adapting the original film centering on a male escort accused of murder.

“I replied that I thought it was a terrible idea – times had changed, internet pornography had redefined male sex work, viruses etc. I couldn’t imagine Julian Kay working a bachelorette party,” Schrader wrote. “I thought that was the end. »

Then Schrader was informed that Jerry Bruckheimer and Paramount had the right to redo american gigolo without his consent. His only option was to accept their money and move on.

“They didn’t want my involvement. Here are my options: (1) take $50B and not get involved (2) take $0 and not get involved (3) threaten a costly and futile lawsuit and not get involved,” Schrader wrote. “I took the $50 billion. »

Schrader wrote that he had no plans to watch the series and doesn’t think he “could be objective about it and, even if I could, that’s too much fuss.”

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