The number of TV reboots of movies and old TV shows continues to rise, as the networks struggle to get noticed in a crowded TV world where some 500 scripted originals are expected to arrive this year alone. As the networks get their lineups ready for the fall, we’re seeing pilot orders for “Get Christie Love, “Cagney and Lacey,” “Magnum P.I.,” “L.A. Confidential,” “Charmed,” and “Bad Boys.”
Now Fox has announced a movie-to-TV reboot that’s of special interest to viewers in Greater Boston. The network is moving ahead with a pilot for a drama-series version of “Gone Baby Gone,” based on Dennis Lehane’s 1998 book and the 2007 feature film. That film, which won a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for Amy Ryan, was co-written and directed by Ben Affleck, and starred Casey Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, and Michelle Monaghan. It was Ben Affleck’s first directorial venture.
Robert Levine, who has written and produced for the shows “Black Sails” and “Touch,” will write and produce “Gone Baby Gone,” with Lehane among the executive producers. The neo-noir story will follow Lehane’s recurring private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro — Casey Affleck and Monaghan’s characters — as they work outside the law to solve crimes in Dorchester. Who will play the two PIs in the TV version? And will they have Boston accents or “BOSTON ACCENTS”?