Pop Goes The News — A TV series based on the 1975 movie Three Days of the Condor will be shot next year in Toronto.
Cameras will roll on 10 episodes of Condor from late April until mid-August.
The small screen adaptation of Sydney Pollack’s conspiracy thriller — which was based on James Grady’s 1974 novel Six Days of the Condor — stars Robert Redford as a CIA researcher who returns from lunch to find that all of his colleagues are dead.
The movie, which was mostly set in New York City and Washington, D.C., also starred Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson and Max von Sydow.
The Condor series was written by Jason Smilovic, who penned the made-in-Montreal movie Lucky Number Slevin and two episodes of the short-lived Vancouver-shot series Bionic Woman, and Todd Katzberg, who worked as a production assistant on Smilovic’s 2006 series Kidnapped.
Skydance Media, which is producing the series for DirecTV’s Audience network, first announced plans for Condor in early 2015. The California-based company made this year’s Star Trek Beyond in B.C. and is shooting parts of the upcoming Jack Ryan TV series in Montreal.
“We just thought … the inherent setup of that movie would be so great for a television show in this day and age,” Skydance exec Dana Goldberg told Slash Film.
David Ellison of Skydance pointed out that the movie predicted war in the Middle East. “One of the things we very much hope that Condor is able to do is … be predictive in regards to what’s going to be happening with future events.”
Local production is being handled by Whizbang Films’ Frank Siracusa and John Weber, who have worked on such Toronto-made shows as Incorporated, American Gothic, Reign, Beauty and the Beast and the upcoming The Handmaid’s Tale.
No casting details for Condor have been announced.
TV versions of movies are hot right now — Lethal Weapon, Westworld — and Toronto is home to such film-to-TV adaptations as 12 Monkeys and The Girlfriend Experience as well as past series like Hannibal, Nikita (and La Femme Nikita), F/X and The Firm.
Toronto also played host to the pilot episode of a TV adaptation of Minority Report. (Production of the series shifted to Vancouver but the show was cancelled after only 10 episodes.)