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ABC to Make St. Elmo's Fire Movie Into a TV Series

St. Elmo's Fire Series Heats Up ABC

St. Elmo's Fire — the movie that made Joel Schumacher famous and put Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, and Ally Sheedy in the same room together — is coming back to life, but not on the big screen. ABC is developing an hourlong TV dramedy version of the 1985 movie.

The series will follow six new friends — three guys and three girls — as they graduate from Georgetown and hang out at their favorite local spot, the St. Elmo's Bar and Grill. It's, y'know, Friends in DC . . . and that's kind of the point. No, really: As writer/producer Dan Bucatinsky said, "I feel it is time to re-create Friends in the hourlong genre and feel like this is the perfect opportunity."

Weirdly, the idea to turn the movie into a series came from actor Topher Grace, who saw the movie on TV and took the suggestion to Sony Pictures TV — and, eventually, also reached out to Schumacher, who's on board with the project as a producer. ABC landed the show "after strong interest from multiple networks," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

I do think it's high time we got another great TV show about folks in their 20s. Could this be it? Or is this one of those sacred projects that shouldn't be touched, especially like this? To get all nostalgic with some music from the movie,


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