‘High Fidelity’ becoming TV series w/ female lead for new Disney streaming service
Nick Hornby's much-loved 1995 novel High Fidelity, about the bumpy romantic life of a record store owner, which was turned into the also-loved 2000 film starring John Cusack, is now being reworked as a television series for Disney's upcoming streaming service. There's a twist, in that the lead role will now be a female. Deadline reports that the new High Fidelity is being show-run by Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka who both worked on Bull and Ugly Betty. Scott Rosenberg, who co-wrote the movie, is one of the producers. More from Deadline:
Written by West and Kucserka, the High Fidelity TV series is described as a departure from the book and the movie while still capturing the romantic comedy and authentic spirit of the original source materials. I hear it centers on a record store owner — a female take on the character played in the movie by Cusack — talking straight to the camera as she chronicles past relationships.
While the Touchstone Pictures movie was rated R, I hear the TV series — an optimistic-in-tone mixtape/diary rom-com — will be PG-13 and intended for family co-viewing, consistent with Disney’s plans for a family-friendly OTT service that is not expected not feature R-rated movies or series.
No word on casting, but the biggest question is surely: who will be the television series' The Beta Band?