A few months ago came word of a TV series adaptation of Sydney Pollack’s classic 1975 paranoid thriller “Three Days Of The Condor” for Skydance Productions.
Robert Redford starred in the original film as a low-level CIA analyst who returns from lunch to his work at a safe house, only to find all his colleagues murdered. He then goes on the run trying to find out the truth whilst evading those responsible.
In a new interview with Skydance CEO David Ellison and President of Production Dana Goldberg, the pair were asked by Collider how the show is moving along. Goldberg says:
“We started talking about the idea of Condor in general, and for all of the CIA thriller type movies that have been made, that just that word, you say Condor, and everybody immediately knows what you’re talking about. You don’t even have to say Three Days of. When you say Condor people go ‘oh, that was great’.
And we just thought it’s a great title and the inherent setup of that movie would be so great for a television show in this day and age, when between technology and the lack of privacy and the international landscape of what goes on, how rich is that gonna be?
We hired Jason Smilovic, who is an incredible writer, and he’s worked hand in hand with Marcy Ross, who runs our television division, and has created a script and bible that we think is just incredible.”
Ellison meanwhile talked about the tone of the new series.
“One of the things that I love and Jason talks about it a lot, is the original Condor very much predicted what happened… the original movie ends with the prediction of the war in the Middle East over oil, and there are writers like Tom Clancy who when you read his books you always felt like you were getting a peek behind the curtain as to what was going to happen next.
That doesn’t really exist today, so one of the things we very much hope that Condor is able to do is very much be the Condor for this generation and very much be predictive in regards to what’s going to be happening with future events.”
No word on when we might see it on screens as yet though.