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Paramount Television is again reaching into the studio archives, announcing that it is partnering with Jerry Bruckheimer on a television adaptation of the 1980 Richard Gere-Lauren Hutton film “American Gigolo.”

Bruckheimer, who was a producer on that crime drama centered around a superficial male escort in Los Angeles, will exec produce the project. Paul Schrader, the film’s director and writer, will serve as exec consultant.

Bruckheimer TV’s Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed and Michael Azzolino will exec produce, co-exec produce and produce, respectively. “American Gigolo” will be a Paramount Television production.

“With its signature noir aesthetic, ‘American Gigolo’ has remained a deeply entertaining, psychological thriller and I’m thrilled to partner with [Paramount’s] Brad [Grey] and Amy [Powell] on remaking it into a television series,” said Bruckheimer on behalf of Jerry Bruckheimer Television.

Bruckheimer signed a first-look film deal with Paramount last year, where he is developing film sequels to his “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Top Gun.” Among other TV deals, Bruckheimer TV and Michael Bay also recently partnered with TNT on a pilot based on the 1970s Florida drug trade that is penned by “Masters of Sex’s” Michelle Ashford.

“When it comes to making great television entertainment, Jerry Bruckheimer Television is in a league unto themselves and we take enormous pride in collaborating with Jerry, Jonathan and KristieAnne on developing a drama series that is every bit as cinematic, suspenseful and stylish as the film,” said Paramount TV prexy Amy Powell.

Paramount TV has also announced plans for a TV adaptation of “Ghost” and is partnering with Fox on a live stage version of “Grease!.”

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