MGM is continuing plans to make money out of its old catalogue titles and has announced plans for a new TV series adaptation of 1967 cinematic classic "In the Heat of the Night".
Set in the present day, the series aims to examine issues of race, justice and inequality through the eyes of characters in Mississippi. "Fargo" TV series producer Warren Littlefield and "The Help" director Tate Taylor are serving as executive producers.
Norman Jewison's Oscar-winning original film starred Sidney Poitier as a police detective sent to investigate a murder in a small Southern town in the face of hostility from the local sheriff (Rod Steiger).
The film was previously adapted into a successful TV series which ran for eight seasons across NBC and CBS from 1988 to 1995 which Littlefield was also involved in.