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Greg Berlanti to Direct Adaptation of TV Show '77 Sunset Strip'

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March 17, 2010
Source: Deadline

77 Sunset Strip

Last month we heard rumors that Greg Berlanti could very well be the man to helm the adaptation of DC Comics The Flash, especially after his work developing and writing Green Lantern. However, if this ever comes to fruition it most likely won't happen until after his next directing gig which Deadline has revealed will be a big screen adaptation of the classic TV series 77 Sunset Strip which followed two LA detectives, both former government secret agents Stu Bailey and Jeff Spencer (also a non-practicing attorney) as the duo worked out of a stylish office at 77 Sunset Strip, right next to Dean Martin's real-life lounge, Dino's.

Bailey was a suave, cultured former OSS officer and expert in languages, while Spencer was a judo expert. Other characters include Suzanne, the beautiful French switchboard operator, and Gerald Lloyd "Kookie" Kookson III a hip valet parking attendant who apparently, "became a cultural phenomenon and had every kid copying his trademark move of running a comb through his hair." The series ran from 1958 to 1964 and was wildly successful and cool before its cancellation after the sixth season drastically changed the formula and style of the show. Stephen Chin is in talks to write the script. Hopefully this doesn't mean Berlanti will skip The Flash, but only time will tell. This sounds like it could be fun, though. Anyone excited for this?

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  • xan
    Never heard of it but sounds cool, be a nice temporary diversion from the heavy dramas and epic sci-fi fantasy flix. Something light and fun like a modern OSS 117.
  • xan
    eh, nevermind
  • slopshoe smith
    yeah,,,I coould liek this if they do it right...it's for old timers....the kids on her wouldnt recognize anything about it...its from my generation....
  • slopshoe smith
    sorry, I need to use the spell check more often , yeah????
  • Sharlto
    This sounds like a solid adaption, could be an interesting trilogy. The studios would have to throw down some cash for the three leads though
  • jeffrey
    Wow the guy in the middle looks just like Ray Liotta. He also looks like the guy who played the captain in one of the first episodes of Star Trek.
  • Ross
    Is that Joshua Jackson's dad in the Middle?

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