Robert De Niro’s 2006 spy film “The Good Shepherd” is coming to Showtime as a TV series, reports Deadline.
While “The Good Shepherd” movie, which starred Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie and was directed by De Niro, didn’t do as well as expected in 2006, (grossing only $59 million domestically while costing $80 million to produce), De Niro hopes to have more success by turning it into a series.
Producers originally planned to make a sequel, but Universal’s budget offer was too low. De Niro plans to use the small screen format to delve deeper into the characters of the film, hopefully registering better with audiences.
The series will be based on the Cold War spy thriller and will be directed by De Niro and co-produced by Tribeca. Oscar winner Eric Roth will write/ exec produce the series adaptation, and the show will follow the family of a CIA operative.