The Bonfire of the Vanities series in the works at Amazon
James R | On 16, Oct 2016
A TV series based on The Bonfire of the Vanities is in the works at Amazon.
The show is being produced by Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros. for the streaming service. Variety confirms that Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire) will write and executive produce the series alongside Lorre.
Tom Wolfe’s 1987 novel takes place in 1980s New York, a city where social class, ambition and racism all collide – the kind of dramatic moral melting pot that attracted big names such as Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith to a big-screen adaptation of the book, made in 1990. Mother Jones’ Washington bureau chief David Corn will be a consultant on the show.
Amazon’s version will be an eight-episode event series. The approach would be a departure for the company, which has so far looked to expand its slate of original content with serial programming, such as The Man in the High Castle, Transparent and the recently cancelled Hand of God.
For Lorre, though, working with a VOD site is swiftly becoming routine. The Big Bang Theory creator, who is under an overall deal with Warner for his small-screen projects, recently sold his weed comedy Disjointed to Netflix.