Back in 1990, director Jeff Zucker’s Ghost was an unexpected box office hit that starred Patrick Swayze.as Sam, a recently murdered man who struggled to reconnect with his girlfriend, Molly (Demi Moore) after his demise. Whoopi Goldberg won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of a fake psychic named Oda Mae Brown, who had genuine powers when it came to seeing and hearing Sam.
Twenty three years later, Syfy has tapped “Ghost” as a potential TV series, with Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner signed on to write the pilot script for Paramount TV. No further details have been revealed about the reboot, but the premise will probably be very similar to the original film.
Goldsman and Pinkner collaborated on several seasons of the Fox sci-fi series “Fringe.” Prior to that, Goldsman was primarily known for writing The Client, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, The Da Vinci Code, A Beautiful Mind, Lost in Space and Cinderella Man. Pinkner has primarily worked in television on “Alias,” “Lost,” “Ally McBeal,” “The $treet” and “The Beast.”
“Ghost” is not the only ‘90s movie in development at Syfy. A TV adaptation of “12 Monkeys” is also in the works. Clearly Syfy is looking for some pre-existing brand awareness for its potential new shows. But will turning 20 year movies into television series actually work? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.