NBC has announced plans to develop “Red,” an hourlong TV series based on the film franchise.
The franchise’s writers Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber along with producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are re-teaming for the small screen version which Lionsgate TV and Di Bonaventura Pictures Television would produce.
Released in 2010 and 2013, the action comedies are inspired by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner’s limited comic book series of the same name which followed a group of REDs (Retired Extremely Dangerous operatives) who return to action after the CIA sends assassins after one of them.
Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren and Karl Urban starred in the films with the first one grossing $200 million worldwide.
The TV series version will keep the core concept of the films along with the darkly comedic tone, but set it in a more grounded and believable world.