Two decades after it won its writer an Oscar for best screenplay, the supernatural love story Ghost is on its way to becoming a TV show. Deadline reports that Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner are writing a pilot for an adaptation of the Swayze-starring hit for Paramount Television.
Ghost starred Patrick Swayze as a murdered banker who uses his spirit form — and a potter's wheel — to rekindle his relationship with fiancée Demi Moore and avenge his death. The TV pilot's writers are high profile: Goldsman is one of Hollywood's biggest writer-producers, having provided the screenplays for several Ron Howard-helmed movies, including Cinderella Man and A Beautiful Mind. Pinkner has more TV experience, having written for several J.J Abrams series such as Lost and Alias. Both writers are well-suited to adapting the movie's supernatural leanings to TV, having each written several episodes of Fringe.
'Ghost' may be the first TV show made by Paramount since 2005
The planned show would be the first created by Paramount's new TV division. The studio had been without a dedicated TV wing since 2005, but re-formed Paramount Television in July of this year with the reported intention of mining its film properties for projects. Although Ghost is still a long way from becoming a series, the involvement of two such heavyweights suggests it is likely to successfully materialize on the small screen.