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August 14, 2009

St Elmo's Fire Headed To TV

st_elmos_fireThe Hollywood Reporter is reporting that ABC is looking to develop the 1980s classic film "St. Elmo's Fire" into a television series. The series will be executive produced by the film's director Joel Schumacher, Topher Grace, Dan Bucatinsky and Jamie Tarses.  Bucatinsky will write the series.

The 1985 film had a cult following and helped launch the careers of Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Mare Winningham who starred as friends who had just graduated from Georgetown University and chronicled their adjustment to adulthood.

"More than anything, the movie evokes a feeling that doesn't go away," Bucatinsky said, "the feeling of bonding with your friends who become your surrogate family."

Some things will remain the same, - Georgetown and St. Elmo's Bar & Restaurant, now called St. Elmo's Bar & Grill, where the friends hang out. And if the set-up looks a little bit like "Friends," that's OK with Bucatinsky.

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