The 1962 and 1991 thriller Cape Fear is headed to the small screen.
Deadline reports that the 1991 adaptation’s director, Martin Scorsese, and executive producer (uncredited) Steven Spielberg have reimagined the story into a television retelling. The two filmmaking legends will executive produce the project with Antlers writer Nick Antosca.
The show is currently in development with UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Amblin Entertainment. Amblin Television’s, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will also executive produce alongside Alex Hedlund from Eat the Cat.
“A storm is coming for a pair of married attorneys when an infamous killer from their past gets released after years in prison. A tense, contemporary thriller that examines America’s obsession with true crime in the 21st century,” reads the tagline.
‘Cape Fear’ Series Rumored to Be in a Bidding War
The publication notes that Cape Fear is creating a bidding war with networks and streamers, thanks to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes ending. With the movies being cult classics and the series having Scorsese and Spielberg attached, companies believe they could have a huge boost in profits if they can grab the show. Deadline believes Peacock, Hulu, Apple TV+, and Netflicks will be the biggest contenders. The streamers currently have projects with the executive producers. But all the other major companies will likely throw their hats in as well.
The original Cape Fear, which loosely followed the 1957 novel titled The Executioners, debuted in 1962. It starred Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum in the leads. The plot followed attorney Sam Bowden (Peck) as he tried to protect his family from recently released rapist Max Cady (Mitchum), whom he had helped send to prison.
The follow-up came 29 years later with Robert De Niro as Cady and Nick Nolte as Bowden. Mitchum and Peck also had roles in the movie, which followed the same story as its predecessor. Cape Fear earned two Oscar nominations in 1992. The first was for Di Niro’s starring role and the second for supporting actress Juliette Lewis’ portrayal.
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