THROWBACK THURSDAY: PROPOSED "ST. ELMO'S FIRE" TV SERIES (8/13/2009)
Co-writer/director Joel Schumacher's 1985 comedy-drama "St. Elmo's Fire" is probably best remembered today for its association with the infamous "Brat Pack" and English singer John Parr's theme song, "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)," which held the #1 spot on the Billboard charts for two weeks. Despite negative reviews, and no subsequent remakes or sequels, the film -- about seven friends and recent college grads who meet up regularly and local hangout St. Elmo's Bar -- has remained part of the pop culture zeitgeist. So much so, that there have now been two attempts to reboot it as a TV series, almost exactly 10 years apart.
In August of 2009, Schumacher himself -- along with "That '70s Show" star Topher Grace -- attempted to reboot the film as a drama series for ABC. Dan Bucatinsky wrote a script for Sony TV, which was only loosely based on the film, following six new characters on their own post-collegiate adventures. At the time, "St. Elmo's Fire" was one of several '80s-inspired TV projects in development, alongside updates of the film "Parenthood" and the limited series "V." Ultimately, the plans fell through, and the ABC project never made it to television.
Now, almost a decade later TO THE DAY, NBC has revived the idea of a new "St. Elmo's Fire" once more, with a planned update that will reportedly hew closer to the original film. Schumacher's not attached to this new version, which will be scripted and executive produced by "Drop Dead Diva" vet Josh Berman. It's still early in the development cycle, so this new series could go the way of ABC's failed 2009 attempt. But you have to admire their determination.