Sony Pictures Entertainment is taking its 2010 hit action-thriller Salt and turning it into a new TV series, joining a slew of movie-to-TV adaptations that are already on the air, or in various stages of development. Screen Daily reports that the studio is pitching the project to broadcasters and co-production partners at the European Film Market, which runs in conjunction with the Berlin Film Festival. Diego Suárez, senior vice president of international television production at SPE, had this to say in a brief statement about the Salt TV series.
"We want to bring it to Europe in a completely different way."
It isn't known if this project is specifically catered to European broadcasters, or if there are plans to air it in the United States. The site reports that Diego Suárez joined Sony in September, where he is developing local and international TV around the world. The executive said that he was tasked with increasing the amount of non-US programming that the studio deficit finances internationally, so it's possible that it may not be developed for U.S. audiences at this time.
Angelina Jolie starred in the 2010 movie as Evelyn Salt, a CIA officer who swore an oath to duty, honor, and country. When she is accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy, Salt goes on the run to clear her name and ultimately prove she is a patriot. Using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative, she must elude capture and protect her husband or the world's most powerful forces will erase any trace of her existence. The movie's supporting cast includes Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Andre Braugher.
The original movie earned $118.3 million domestically and $293.5 million worldwide, from a $110 million budget. This report doesn't specify if the show has any writers on board at this time, or who would direct the pilot. It's possible that original Salt director Phillip Noyce could return to take the helm of the pilot episode, since he has recently directed the pilot episodes for Crisis and Revenge in recent years. He is also one of the directors for the upcoming Roots, a new miniseries debuting on A&E this May.
If Salt is ordered to series, it will become just the latest in a growing number of movies that have been adapted for the small screen. Limitless is currently in its first season on CBS, while Fox's Minority Report wrapped up its first season late last year. CBS is also airing midseason shows Uncle Buck and Rush Hour later this year, while the network is also developing a show based on Training Day. TV shows based on Cruel Intentions, the Riddick franchise, Tremors, Taken and Watchmen are just a few of the other TV/movie adaptations currently in development. Would you like to see a Salt TV series?