Deadline.com reports that Syfy has begun development on a television series based on 2011’s Matt Damon & Emily Blunt film, The Adjustment Bureau, itself an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s short story “Adjustment Team”. Director/producer George Nolfi is on board as executive producer, along with Michael Hackett (who was also a producer on the film) and two of the executive producers from Smallville, who are writing the series scripts.
Consider me deeply skeptical about all this. It takes a lot of adjusting, if you will, to adapt a short story into a film, and that’s pretty short by comparison. I’m not sure there’s enough material there for 13 episodes of approximately 45 minutes each, especially when you factor in that the protagonists’ story from the movie is over and done. There’s nothing to continue with from there, and if they simply re-do it (with the same characters or thinly-veiled copies), it just won’t be interesting. About the only way I can see this working is if they turn it on its head a bit, and operate from the perspective of the Bureau themselves, adjusting different peoples’ lives each week. And I think that would be a hard sell.