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‘Get Shorty’ Series Ordered by Epix

Epix has given a series order to “Get Shorty,” an adaptation of the novel by the late Elmore Leonard. The book was previously the basis for the 1995 film starring John Travolta.

MGM Television will produce the series.

The hour-long drama is created and executive produced by Davey Holmes, whose credits include “Shameless,” “In Treatment” and “Damages.” Production is set to begin in the fall, with the series premieres slated for summer, 2017.

“We’re excited to be working with MGM on Get Shorty,” said Mark S. Greenberg, president and CEO, Epix. “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 promises to be yet another example of the type of high-end, premium TV that EPIX is committed to delivering to its subscribers.”

“Davey has created a modern-day re-envisioning of Elmore Leonard’s timeless cult classic where organized crime and Hollywood collide in very funny ways,” aid Mark Burnett, president, television and digital group, MGM and Steve Stark, president, television development and production, MGM. “We are thrilled to bring these irreverent characters to fans and audiences around the globe with our fantastic partners at EPIX.”

MGM is a partner in Epix with Lionsgate and Paramount. Other original series currently in the works at the network include “Graves” and “Berlin Station.”

 

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