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Gay film classic 'My Beautiful Laundrette' to be remade as TV series

The 1985 gay classic is being reworked for the small screen.

2018-01-11

My Beautiful Laundrette remains one of the most beloved gay drama films of all time, and audiences may soon be able to relive the magic of Omar and Johnny's romance on the small screen in a new TV drama series.

Variety reports that the British classic is set to be remade for television by The Big Sick's Kumail Nanjiani, who is set to write and star in the project.

Directed by Stephen Frears, the original 1985 film revolves around young pakistani man Omar (Gordon Warnecke) and former facist street punk Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis) as they emabark on an unlikely relationship in 1980s London.

The film, which was nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1987, drew widespread critical acclaim, and has stood as a staple of LGBT+ cinema for over 30 years.

The Big Sick's Kumail Nanjiani is set to write and star in the planned TV adaption.

The planned TV adaptation - which is yet to be picked up by a distributor - will reportedly consist of 10-episodes, but fans will be pleased to know that the original screenwriter, Hanif Kureishi, will serve as an executive producer.

So will the planned series reintroduce a classic gay love story to a new generation? Or will it tarnish the legacy of an enduring piece of gay cinematic history?

Only time will tell, but in the meanntime we've got eveything crossed that My Beautiful Laundrette: The TV series will reach the high bar set by the original...