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Director Peter Weir and writer Andrew Niccol’s trippy 1998 movie “The Truman Show” was way ahead of its time, but TV’s since caught up with a few billion “reality” TV shows starring the fakest people you’ll ever find on TV or, indeed, anywhere on this planet. (How many “Real Housewives” show are there now? 56?)
Paramount TV has announced that they’re developing a new series based on “The Truman Show,” which originally starred Jim Carrey (in a comical, but also serious turn) as a man whose entire life is a scripted “reality” TV show being broadcast for the amusement of the world. The only catch? Carrey’s character, Truman Burbank, doesn’t know it.
There’s no word about how Paramount will do this, or who will be involved. The mention of a possible show based on “The Truman Show” movie was just a small blip in an article by The Wrap.
Also mentioned is Paramount’s insistence on another TV series based on “The Terminator” movie property. The last time they tried this was “The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” starring “Game of Thrones’” Lena Headey on Fox.
“The Truman Show” co-starred Natascha McElhone and Laura Linney as the women in Truman’s life, and Ed Harris as the mastermind of the whole shebang. Here’s the original trailer: