By NELLIE ANDREEVA
This marks the first project to come out of Paramount‘s re-launched television division and signals its plans to mine the studio’s movie library and team with experienced film and TV writers for series adaptations. Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman and veteran showrunner Jeff Pinkner will co-write a pilot script based on the hit 1990 film “Ghost,” which won Oscars for best original screenplay (Bruce Joel Rubin) and supporting actress (Whoopi Goldberg). (Watch the “Unchained Melody” music video for the paranormal thriller/tearjerker after the jump.) Directed by Jerry Zucker, Ghost follows the recently deceased Sam Wheat (Swayze), who teams up with a psychic (Goldberg) in an effort to reconnect with his fiancee (Demi Moore) and avenge his murder. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Akiva and Jeff, two deeply creative and accomplished talents, on the television adaptation of this classic supernatural drama,” said Paramount TV president Amy Powell.
Paramount first dipped its toe in the TV waters last season when it joined Sony TV on the “Beverly Hills Cop” pilot, also based on a hit Paramount movie. It formally launched a TV unit in July. (Paramount has been without a TV branch since the 2005 Viacom-CBS split.) CAA-repped Goldsman’s credits include the upcoming “Winter’s Tale,” which marks his directorial debut, “A Beautiful Mind,” and “I Am Legend.” WME-repped Pinkner recently co-wrote “Spiderman” for Sony Pictures, and in TV, he spent the past nine seasons on “Fringe” and “Alias.”