‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ is Getting a Modern Update at NBC

I can see a new reboot underneath the blazing peacock.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that NBC is developing a St. Elmo’s Fire TV series, based on the eighties classic from director Joel Schumacher. The film chronicled the trials and tribulations of a group of close friends after their graduation from Georgetown University.

The story will be updated for the 21st century, which won’t be too difficult considering the issues dealt with in the 80s film are timeless. The struggle for NBC will be finding a group of actors that have as much charisma as the original cast, most of whom were major players in a number of “Brat Pack” films.

Writer Josh Berman (Drop Dead Diva and The Mob Doctor) is penning the script. Sony Pictures Television, whose film arm Columbia Pictures distributed the original movie, is developing the series. This will be Sony’s second attempt at a TV reboot. Back in 2009, ABC won a bidding war for a contemporary take, but it eventually ended up in development hell.

Even with a cast of well known 80s stars, St. Elmo’s Fire was a bit of a dud, personally speaking. John Parr’s theme song might be the best thing to come out of the film. It definitely deserves a rewatch for me, but I didn’t connect with the film as much as I was hoping I would.

Do you think rebooting St. Elmo’s Fire for a new generation will work?

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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