‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Showrunner Scott Frank Developing ‘Sam Spade’ Series Starring Clive Owen – Previously Adapted ‘Out of Sight’ and ‘Get Shorty’

Netflix drama series The Queen’s Gambit is becoming a massive hit for the streaming service thanks to showrunner Scott Frank and actress Anya Taylor-Joy. Frank has had really solid run as a screenwriter with films like Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report, The Lookout, The Wolverine, and Logan.

He most recently worked on television projects for Netflix with the western Godless and now the chess drama The Queen’s Gambit.

Scott Frank was interviewed on The Watch podcast (spotted by The Playlist) and revealed he is developing a six-part series focused on Sam Spade, the hard-boiled private detective made famous from the John Huston-directed noir film The Maltese Falcon (1941) that starred Humphrey Bogart. Frank hoping he can land British actor Clive Owen (Children of Men) to play Sam Spade in the show.

FRANK: “What if you do Sam Spade later in life and he’s 60s years old?. He’s now an ex-pat living in the South of France. His past comes to his past and finds him in this small town. It’s going to be a six-episode series with Clive Owen.”

When and where this project will come together is a little unclear.

THE MALTESE FALCON: In this noir classic, detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman (Mary Astor). As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follows as Sam’s partner is murdered and Sam is accosted by a man (Peter Lorre) demanding he locate a valuable statuette. Sam, entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue, soon realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejeweled Maltese falcon.


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