Yes, you read that right: the next Hollywood film to be adapted for television - following adaptations of The Departed, Lethal Weapon, and Let The Right One In - is, surprisingly, looking to be the surreal romantic comedy Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind.
It’s still very early days for the venture - early enough that it is yet to be picked up by a network - but Steve Golin, one of the original producers of the 2004 film, has announced to The Hollywood Reporter that he will be involved in taking the project to completion. Zev Borow, who has written for TV shows Mad Dogs and Do No Harm, is likely to be writing the script.
The original film stars Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey in a doomed relationship, using a futuristic technique to erase their memories of each other. While we’re used to seeing Winslet in romantic stories, we get to see a more serious side of Carrey that sharply contrasts his usual comedic roles - and he does play it brilliantly. However, it’s very unlikely that they will be involved in the TV series, and it has been confirmed that Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman, the original director and writer respectively, aren’t going to be involved either.
It will definitely be interesting to see how well the concept translates to television. The film itself is highly surreal with a fragmented narrative, which could actually be a surprisingly good fit for a TV series - if a little more mind-bending than what we’re used to from film-to-TV adaptations.
There will certainly be plenty of material to play with, though, and even without the avant-garde writing style of Kaufman, it should certainly be an intriguing transition nonetheless.