NBC Is Developing a TV Series Based on The Devil's Advocate

By LizRaftery

Aug 18, 2014

NBC is making a deal with the Devil.

The network has given a put pilot commitment to a television series based on the 1997 thriller The Devil's Advocate, Deadline reports.

Written by Matt Venne, the project is being produced by John Wells (The West Wing, Shameless) and Arnold Kopelson. Both the movie and the book upon which it was based follow a lawyer who gets hired by a firm run by the Devil. The film version starred Keanu Reeves as the lawyer and Al Pacino as Lucifer.

Would you watch a Devil's Advocate TV series?

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  • RobertRath Oct 11, 2014

    You all forgot Connie Nielsen NUDE!!! how hot was she?!! Those boobs? Awesome!

  • lsbloom Aug 19, 2014

    Other than Pacino's "god is an absentee landlord" speech was there anything watchable in movie?

  • vampman87 Oct 11, 2014

    Actually I thoroughly enjoyed the film. One of Al Pacino's finest roles. Keanu... not so much, but he did have a lot more personality in this film than ANY of his films post-Matrix. Which is why I'm TOTALLY against a TV series. They could probably expand on the two cases Kevin worked in New York prior to the main case with Cullen (We never even SAW his first case during the mid-first act and the Moyez health code case at the end of act 1 was solved in 5 minutes.) but once we get to Cullen, and the weird stuff starts happening... it can't really be done with TV like it can with movies, ESPECIALLY the relationship reveal between Kevin and Christabella, the woman he lusts after. That stuff is HBO level, NOT NBC level.

    Seriously, did they learn nothing from "Dracula?" Supernatural thrillers don't work on NBC. We want crime dramas... unless they decide to go a more case of the week Law and Order ripoff approach. (And legal dramas are SO 90s, with the exception of the Good Wife.)

  • dsmasppm Aug 19, 2014

    No thanks.

  • safibwana Aug 19, 2014

    It wasn't a very good movie and we already saw this same basic idea fail with 666 Park Avenue.

  • antmorris3511 Aug 20, 2014

    666PA was just too slow. It couldve otherwise been successful.

  • sasalee Aug 19, 2014

    another keanu reeves movie to tv? what next, nbc? matrix?

  • P3TE Aug 19, 2014

    Too bad it's on NBC. It might have worked on FX.

  • P3TE Aug 19, 2014

    But then again, Hannibal is the exception that surprised everyone.

  • marcusj1973 Aug 19, 2014

    NBC is aware that the only reason The Devil's Advocate was any good was because Al Pacino as the devil was one of the greatest casting decisions ever. Give him a script, tell him to play it as big as he wants, then sit back and watch the magic.

    I dunno who they're going to get that has that same level of charisma, but I'm doubtful it'll translate.

  • rishabhpb Aug 19, 2014

    Yup. There's no way this will work without Pacino. And even with him, you can only watch so much of it.

  • marcusj1973 Aug 19, 2014

    Even with him? C'mon, they could run this clip every episode and I'd watch for a couple of seasons ;)

    Forgot played the redhead but do remember that, "Oh, here he goes again" little smirk she gives mid rant.

  • rishabhpb Aug 20, 2014

    Well, then in your case, "so much" is a couple of seasons, haha.

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  • MathieasMcNau Aug 18, 2014

    A law firm run by the Devil, so it will look like a law firm? Someone had to say it. :)

  • pcsjunior002 Aug 18, 2014

    I am on board if this is more like "Damages" than "Law & Order". If it's going to be remotely procedural, I want nothing to do with it. However, if it goes the "Damages" route, there are some great things that can be explored there. That said, if it's going that way, this project probably should be headed to FX, AMC or the new USA rather than NBC. But I will probably at least give it a shot.

  • JT_Kirk Aug 18, 2014

    Eh, I saw the film in the theater and it didn't really work for me, it felt like it was jerking the audience around, but at least it got to the point. I can't see how this would work as a weekly series.

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