Get Shorty has gone from book to movie, and now it’s going to become a TV show.
EPIX announced on Tuesday that it had ordered an adaptation of Get Shorty — the 1990 best-selling novel by Elmore Leonard that also begat the 1995 hit film starring John Travolta and Danny DeVito — for the small screen. The 10-episode first season of the one-hour dark comedy will hit the air next summer, and the show will begin production this fall.
The show, produced by MGM Television, will be created and executive produced by Davey Holmes (Shameless, Damages). The story will focus on Miles Daly, who makes his living as muscle for a Nevada crime ring. He winds up switching vocations and becoming a movie producer, laundering money through a movie, but “instead of leaving the criminal world behind, he accidentally brings it with him to Los Angeles.”
“We’re excited to be working with MGM on Get Shorty,” said EPIX President/CEO Mark S. Greenberg in a statement. “I had the pleasure of working with Elmore Leonard early in my career, and I am a big fan of his writing. Davey Holmes is a tremendous talent and has created a fantastic new series that is in the spirit of Leonard’s unique brand of social satire and strong narrative voice.”
Get Shorty marks the third original series for EPIX, with the first two shows, Berlin Station fand Graves launching later this year. The film version of Get Shorty, which grossed $115 million worldwide, also starred Gene Hackman and Rene Russo, and landed Travolta a Golden Globe.