A ‘Less Than Zero’ TV Series is in Development at Hulu

Streaming service Hulu is planning on doing a reboot of ‘[easyazon_link identifier=”B000QXDCLA” locale=”US” tag=”tvovermind00a-20″]Less Than Zero[/easyazon_link]’ in the form of a series. The 1985 novel by Bret Easton Ellis has already been adapted into a feature film in 1987. The new series is already in development. Hulu has taken a rather different take on the story as they intend to put the emphasis on the wealthy youth culture in Los Angeles. The story revolves around a college freshman who has returned to his family home for the Christmas holidays. During his return, he spends time with his friend who is struggling with an addiction and his ex-girlfriend.

Writing the script for the series is Craig Wright, who is also the scriptwriter for ‘Greenleaf’, ‘Lost’, and ‘Tyrant’. He is also taking on the role of co-executive producer for this Fox Drama 21 series along with Bret Easton Ellis, the writer of the original novel. Wright is being repped by Ziffren Brittenham and WME.

In the 1987 film adaptation of ‘Less Than Zero’, Andrew McCarthy starred opposite Robert Downey Junior. Others who starred in the film included James Spader and Jami Gertz. The script for the movie was penned by Harley Peyton and it was directed by Marek Kanievska. The movie was a moderate success as it grossed $12,396,383 at the worldwide box office. The rights to the franchise are owned by 20th century Fox who has distributed the feature.

Ellis named his book after an Elvis Costello song of the same name. His story explored the theme of nihilism. He has since been credited with sowing the seeds for the creation of a new form of celebrity, such as the Kardashians and Paris Hilton.

Following the success of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, Hulu is now looking for another water-cooler hit. In the meantime, it has been working on an adaptation of ‘Invisible Man’, a 1952 seminal novel by Ralph Ellison. Marcus Gadley, who is with Management and Judi Farkas Management, has been hired to write the script for this project, which has been in development since October 2017. He has previously penned the scripts for ‘The Beginning of Everything’ and ‘The Chi Z’. John Callahan will take on the role of executive producer.

Also involved is the Ralph and Fanny Ellison Charitable Trust. The reason for the trust’s involvement is that they are the owners of the book. Last year, Hulu landed the rights to the novel so that they could develop this new series.

‘Invisible Man’ is an award-winning novel that is told from a narrative point of view of an African-American who is unnamed. The novel is so-called because the man feels like he is invisible due to his skin color. The novel is a series of stories about his life, starting from his childhood to attending college and then to when he lived and worked in Harlem during the 1930s.

The news of these recent projects comes just after it was revealed that Hulu has canceled ‘The Path’, which is a series that has aired for just three seasons.

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