Fox has given a pilot order to a modern adaptation of “Urban Cowboy,” the 1980 movie that starred John Travolta and Debra Winger as star-crossed lovers in Texas’ gritty world of rodeos, honkytonks and oil refineries.
The one-hour drama is penned and directed by Craig Brewer, who also directed and co-wrote the 2011 film remake of ‘Footloose.” He is exec producing, along with Robert Evans, HBO alum Sue Naegle and “Tyrant’s” Chris Levinson. It’s a co-production between Paramount TV and 20th Century Fox Television.
Evans, who produced the movie for Paramount, said “in the 35 years since I made the original ‘Urban Cowboy,’ country music and the influence of Texas has gone stratospheric. The timing could not be better to continue this story in the television world … And what an ace team of collaborators we have on board to make it happen.”
In May, Variety was the first to break the news of the project’s development.