Classic Sci-Fi Heartbreaker, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, To Get a TV Series Adaptation

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If you’ve never seen Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, you’re missing out on one of the most heart-wrenching, beautiful break-up movies of all time (of all time)! Plus, it’s a fantastic science fiction story. According to THR, this iconic psychological tearjerker is getting adapted into a TV series.

Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, who produced the original movie, will be adapting the TV series with the studio Universal Cable Productions. Anonymous Content is an the entertainment company that put together the original Eternal Sunshine movie, along with lots of other incredible films, like Winter’s Bone and Spotlight. They’re also the company behind some excellent TV shows as well, such as Mr. Robot (which was also produced with Universal Cable Productions, as this show will be).

The TV series is in early stages at this point, but TV writer Zev Borow is currently in talks to join the project. Borow worked as a writer and, eventually, as an executive story editor for several episodes of Chuck; he’s also written episodes for Human Target and Forever. Sounds like the creative team is definitely qualified, at least so far.

Still, though, the entire prospect of remaking Eternal Sunshine gives me pause. I realize I just said earlier today that I’m totally cool with Power Rangers getting a reboot, and that I agree with Teresa’s video post the other day in defense of reboots… but dang, this one’s gonna be hard for me. I love the original movie so much that it’s hard for me to imagine how anyone could adapt it, or why anyone would even try. Maybe if the TV show focuses on different stories that take place within that world, using the memory tech, as opposed to just a recreation of Joel and Clementine’s story, that could work? I hope they go in a different direction as opposed to just doing a beat-for-beat adaptation. Maybe this could be an opportunity for them to tell a lot of different kinds of love stories and other modern tragedies.

(via /Film, image via Giphy)

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