Oddity! Spanish filmmaker and maestro of melodrama Pedro Almodovar will head to the small screen with a serial adaptation of 1988’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. It’ll be shot in English and developed by Fox TV Studios. Note: This isn’t the same as Fox TV. Fox TV Studios typically produces series for cable, partial to those with potential international appeal.
This tidbit puts a little poison in my gazpacho: Mimi Schmir, who’ll write the pilot script and exec produce with Almodovar, tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Women series “will be a suburban drama about a group of women whohave known each other for a long time, perhaps from college, who are inthe middle of their lives and looking at the second half of theirlives.” Suburban?! All of Almodovar’s distinctive (read: I want to go to there) sets and locations strongly inform his films, but late-’80s Madrid — specifically its freakout-inducing pay phones — was practically a main character in Women on the Verge. It’s unlikely you’d find Pepa’s eccentric cabbie — he of the tiger-upholstered seats and obsession with mambo music — tooling around in the ‘burbs. (Twice!)
The prospective plot has very little to do with the original movie, so I’m guessing the powers that be simply couldn’t turn down a series with one of the hands-down greatest titles in history. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. If you’ve never heard of it, you want to see it now based on the title alone. Right? Hello. Youngster Antonio Banderas in his native tongue. And gazpacho. Go. Rent. Now.
Could this series have international Betty le Fea-like potential, or does it strike you as Desperate Housewives with a way cooler title?