Universal Pictures is relocating the unknown stuntman. The studio announced Tuesday that its upcoming adaptation of the 1980s TV series “The Fall Guy” is moving to May 3, 2024.
The news comes less than a week after the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike, which kickstarted Hollywood production after the months-long halt to most industry business.
Starring Ryan Gosling in the role originated by Lee Majors, the film follows Colt Seavers, a stunt performer who moonlights as a private investigator. While working on a film directed by his ex, Jody Moreno (Emily Blunt), he’s recruited by the film’s producer (Hannah Waddingham) to find the film’s missing star (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) while keeping his disappearance a secret from the studio and the public.
The original series ran for 5 seasons on ABC from 1981 to 1986. Starring Majors, Douglas Barr and Heather Thomas, the show was a modest success during its run and spawned a minor country hit with its theme song, “The Unknown Stuntman,” sung by majors.
Directed by David Leitch, the film adaptation was written by Drew Pearce, who worked with Leitch on the “Fast and Furious” spin-off “Hobbs & Shaw.”
“The Fall Guy” was produced by Kelly McCormick and Leitch for their company 87North, and by Ryan Gosling and by Guymon Casady for Entertainment 360. It’s executive-produced by Drew Pearce, Entertainment 360’s Geoff Shaevitz and the creator of the original Fall Guy television series, Glen A. Larson.
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