Showtime is developing a serialised drama series version of the Robert De Niro-directed 2006 Cold War spy thriller “The Good Shepherd” says Deadline.
De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Productions and CBS TV Studios are producing the period drama series which will follow the family of a CIA operative. Oscar winner Eric Roth will write and De Niro is set to direct the pilot and both will executive produce the series.
Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, William Hurt and Alec Baldwin starred in the original film which follows the CIA from its earliest days in the second World War through to the Bay of Pigs incident in 1961.
Those involved in the first film had originally planned for a sequel which would be set from the 1970’s through to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The film however under performed, earning mixed reviews and just $99.5 million at the worldwide box-office.
The move to cable allows them to delve deeper into the characters. There is however no word on what specific time periods the show will cover or which characters (if any) will make the jump from the big screen to the small.
The project marks the first series Roth has created since Fox’s 1992 musical drama “The Heights”.