The Russo Brothers are pushing the pause button on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (don't worry, they're not quitting Marvel) to dig deep into the world of New York street gangs by adapting The Warriors as a TV series.
According to Deadline, Joe and Anthony Russo will adapt the cult-classic movie as a one-hour drama series with Paramount TV and Hulu. The Russo Brothers will put their spin on Walter Hill’s 1979 cult hit movie, which was itself adapted from Sol Yurick’s 1965 novel. The site reports that their take on the storyline will honor the original movie while adding “its own unique brand of grit, pulp, sex and violence.”
The Russos are currently Marvel Studios’ golden boys, having directed (to great acclaim) Captain America: The Winter Soldier and, most recently, Captain America: Civil War. They're set to helm Avengers: Infinity War Parts I & II and have quite a few high-profile projects in the works, including Space Runners at Fox 2000, 17 Bridges at STX and a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair at MGM.
The Warriors follows a New York City gang who must return to their home turf after being framed for the murder of a respected gang leader. On the way, they are being hunted down by other gang members. The movie starred Michael Beck and James Remar and became a huge cult hit that's spawned multiple spinoffs -- including video games and even a comic book series.
Joe and Anthony Russo and Mike Larocca will serve as producers on the upcoming TV series, while Lawrence Gordon (producer of the original movie) will also serve as an executive producer. The Captain America dynamic directing duo will team up with Frank Baldwin on the series and direct the pilot. No word yet as to whether they'll also helm more episodes beyond the pilot.
Do you think the Russo Brothers are the right guys for the job of adapting The Warriors as a TV series?