FX will remake 1983 thriller “The Star Chamber,” with “X-Files” vet Frank Spotnitz set to direct and exec produce.
Spotnitz, who’s scripting the Revolution actioner “Doomsday,” is best known for his stint as writer and exec producer of ” The X-Files” and for co-writing and co-producing the Rob Bowman-directed “X-Files” feature. Spotnitz directed two episodes of the series but is making his longform directing debut on the redo. The original starred Michael Douglas as a disillusioned judge who joins a secret tribunal of peers who bestow death sentences to miscreants whose cases were dismissed on technicalities.
Taps into outrage
“There’s more wrong with the criminal justice system than there was 20 years ago, and there is a greater reservoir of rage and outrage to tap into,” said Spotnitz. “Michael played a character who was tortured at being a vigilante, but this character will commit passionately and wholeheartedly to the concept until he discovers the reality that it’s a trap.”
The Endeavor-repped Spotnitz set up the project with Matt Baer, who has a first-look deal with Hyde Park Entertainment. Baer will exec produce along with Hyde Park’s Ashok Amritraj and Jon Jashni. Getting the remake rights for Fox-owned FX was easy because Fox made the original. David Madden is the exec for Fox Studios and Gerard Bocaccio is the exec for FX.
Project reps a rare TV foray for Hyde Park, which just made the pic “Raising Helen” with Kate Hudson.