Back in 1997, The Devil’s Advocate made waves by being really smart, cutting edge and sexy and it really helped to propel Charlize Theron‘s career. Starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves, viewers from several age groups were drawn to the film about a charismatic young lawyer who learns that his father is Satan.
Still, despite its allure, the announcement that a television show based on the film (which was based on Adam Neiderman’s novel) is in the works seems a little silly.
Apparently, Warner Bros. Television is working on the project for NBC. The tagline, so far is: ”the newest attorney at the world’s most powerful law firm has never lost a case. But he’s about to lose his soul…”
As was the case in the film, the storyline will follow an ambitious young attorney who begins to realize he’s been hired by a senior partner who has a bit of a devilish streak (because he’s the actual devil, of course).
It’s kind of surprising that NBC is choosing to go this route after some similar programming failed in a pretty spectacular fashion. The premise of The Devil’s Advocate is similar enough for people to draw a parallel with 666 Park Ave. which aired on ABC. Some could argue that ABC, which is owned by Disney, isn’t quite ready for a show like that but NBC’s television adaptation of Rosemary’s Baby suffered from low ratings (which is too bad because I actually kind of enjoyed it).
It will be interesting to see how far they take the deception, satanism and sexuality because the movie was intense. It’s hard to know how ready American audiences are but if the past is any indication, it’s unlikely NBC will have a hit with this one.
What do you think? Are you actually interested in seeing this plot brought to the small screen?