I should have seen it coming, but the reboot madness never fails to surprise. Michel Gondry‘s stunning, Academy Award-winning sci-fi drama Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is headed for a TV series adaptation. If your initial reaction is to cringe and throw out some “get off my lawn” grumbling about nothing being sacred, it’s cool, that was my first instinct too, but this project actually has some promising pedigree behind it.
THR reports that The TV reboot comes from Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, who produced the 2004 film, with Universal Cable Productions attached. In both film and television, Anonymous Content has an impressive resume that boasts award-winning series The Knick and Mr. Robot, as well as three of last year’s most acclaimed films — The Revenant, The End of the Tour and Spotlight. Looking ahead, the company has Netflix’s Brit Marling series The OA, the TNT series The Alienist, and Selena Gomez‘s 13 Reasons Why. True Detective EP Richard Brown is on board to produce with the studio.
Per the report, the project is still in early development stages, but Chuck and Forever scribe Zev Borowis nearing a deal to pen the script for the drama series.
The original film, produced by Focus Featured, followed Jim Carrey‘s Joel Barish after he learns that his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) had all memory of their relationship erased in a cutting-edge procedure. The rest of the film focuses on his surreal journey when he decides to have all memory of her erased in return, and the unexpected ways their paths cross again. The film took home an Oscar nomination for Winslet and a Best Screenplay win for the writing trio Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry and Pierre Bismuth. The original creative team is not expected to be involved in the new series.
There’s a lot of reboot trash out there right now, and lord knows this sounds like a crazy idea on paper, but so did a Psycho prequel series (Bates Motel) and Fargo anthology, and those both turned out damn well. At least the would-be Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind series is coming from an exciting production and management company with a track record for subversive, substantial projects.