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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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Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
I predict five eps then cancellation.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Worst idea since I heard that the remake of Poltergeist got greenlit.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Hmmm...the show itself actually sounds kind of decent. I just wish they weren't associating it with St. Elmo's Fire. Why didn't they just make a show about 20-something's in DC?
J-Rabbit J-Rabbit 8 years
I don't think it's about people not being able to come up with ideas. It's that ideas like turning a successful movie into a tv show is a safe moneymaker. It's the business, and I can't really blame them for that. As for this actual idea, whatever. It'll probably be hokey and predictable (like Friends), and I'll probably end up watching it (again, like Friends).
Misskittyness Misskittyness 8 years
This is a ridiculous idea. The "idea" people have simply been watching movies and TV shows from the 80's and 90's and stealing ideas because they can't come up with anything original. (And how much do they make i might ask?) I mean come on, first the "new" "90210" and "Melrose Place" and now this? St. Elmo's Fire is one of my favorite movies of all time and I'm seriously irritated that they're going to ruin it by turning it into yet another vapid "dramedy" (god, I hate that word!) with a bunch of self-centered morons whose only redeeming value is their fashion sense.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
Can't Hollywood think of anything new. They need to start excepting new scripts from new writers and stop tossing the new ideas to the side. People want to see different things, not repeats.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
They arent out of ideas, there are good ones out there, they just are lazy and choose to remake rather than look for new ones. Its easier to have something to mirror than to seek out new talented writers to bounce ideas off on. What happened to brainstorming? what happened to "hey st elmos fire was amazing, but I dont want to copy it, so what can we do that has maybe the same feel or attitude?"
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
Hollywood is officially out of ideas. It's really sad.
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