Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Warner Bros. To Adapt TV Series 77 Sunset Strip as a Theatrical Film

77 Sunset Strip

Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. is bringing the television series 77 Sunset Strip to the big screen as a period piece. Stephen Chin is in talks to write the script with Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern) directing.

The show ran for 6 seasons on ABC from October 1958 through February 1964, and starred Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Stuart "Stu" Bailey and Roger Smith as Jeff Spencer, both former government agents who ran a private detective agency based in a stylish office at 77 Sunset Strip. From its flashy production values and steady stream of popular guest stars to its iconic theme music, it was considered at the time to be one of the coolest shows on television.

The series was based on novels and short stories written by producer Roy Huggins, who introduced the character of Stu Bailey in his 1946 novel The Double Take. (Huggins would later go on to develop and produce several crime dramas, including The Rockford Files.)

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