The classic groundbreaking film In the Heat of the Night will again be adapted for the small screen. The new series will air on Showtime. The movie was previously adapted by NBC for the memorable late 80s/early 90s series starring Carroll O’Connor and Howard Rollins. It later moved to CBS before spawning several TV movies.
The new series will explore character and race against the backdrop of modern day Mississippi. Writing, directing and serving as executive producer is Mississippian Tate Taylor, who is best known for projects addressing racial issues (such as The Help) and the recently released James Brown biopic Get on Up. Tate is continuing to work on big screen projects, including the alternate history flick, In the Event of a Moon Disaster.
The basis for the Academy Award-winning 1967 feature film starring Sidney Poitier was a John Ball novel in which a white man and black man team up to solve a murder in a small, racially divided southern town.
In the Heat of the Night is one of several revivals in the works at Showtime. The cable channel is also going retro with a remake of the quirky, cult favorite Twin Peaks, as well as a TV series adaptation of the 1986 Spike Lee movie She’s Gotta Have It.