Conversation will be heard

Shh, don't talk over The Conversation.

Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola is executive-producing a TV pilot based on his 1974 film The Conversation, reports Variety. The series will be written by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and Erik Jendresen (Band of Brothers), and produced by Tony Krantz (24) for ABC.

The film starred Gene Hackman as Harry Caul, a San Francisco-based genius of electronic surveillance who finds he is himself being monitored. In the end, Caul falls victim to the paranoia he profited from.

The Conversation was released following Coppola's huge success with the first Godfather movie. In a post-Watergate America, the film did poorly at the box office but received critical praise and earned three Academy Award nominations (Best Picture, Best Sound, Best Original Screenplay).

The TV series will be set in the present day and involve a group of characters who work with Caul, none of them knowing what the other is doing. While the film played on the issues of the '70s, the series will reference the tensions of a post-9/11 world.

"It's relevant to our times," Krantz told Variety.

"The absolute simplicity and elegance of the movie lends itself quite nicely to an ongoing series," McQuarrie added.

Comments (1)
Jan 23, 2007
Wow. What a movie. Someone recommended it to me a few years ago. I never heard about it from anyone before or since. It's a must-see for any Hackman fan or fan of spy thrillers. The Hackman-Smith movie Enemy of the State played around with the Conversation some. There are small allusions to Hackman's earlier film throughout the later thriller. For Instance, the government's pics on Hackman's character are taken from the Conversation if I remember correctly. / The Conversation is a pretty weird film, keep an open mind when watching it. / Anywho, the film IS relevant to much of today's paranoia and topics. But I don't think the series will be a success. They CAN make it a success but they will only be using the title and character name/occupation from the film and not much else (there really isn't much else to use. Just include the toilet scene!). We'll see. I'd watch the pilot.