‘G.I. Joe’ Writers Developing FOX’s ‘Catch Me if You Can’ TV Series?
FOX may be bringing M. Night Shyamalan to TV for forthcoming event series ‘Wayward Pines,’ but do they have what it takes to tackle Steven Spielberg? That’s what the network aims to find out in developing a new drama said to be in the vein of Spielberg’s 2002 Leonardo DiCaprio / Tom Hanks counterfeit drama ‘Catch Me if You Can,’ adding a hacktivist spin from the ‘G.I. Joe‘ writers.
News of the untitled new drama comes from The Hollywood Reporter, adding that ‘G.I. Joe’ screenwriters Paul Lovett and David Elliot will pen the script and executive produce the drama for 20th Century Fox Television. Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements will executive produce the new series under the 21 Laps/Adelstein name.
Don’t start casting for a young Leonardo DiCaprio just yet however, as rather than draw direct inspiration from ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ the untitled series will follow “a brilliant, young political hactivist who is coerced into working for the government following his arrest.” Seems like the ’60s have been done to death regardless.
We’ll keep an eye out for further news of the intriguing new ‘Catch Me If You Can’ style drama, but in the meantime, what say you? Does the new project sound like something original, or a cheap forgery?