Movie-to-TV: Almodovar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Movie-to-TV: Almodovar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown



I should really watch Pedro Almodovar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown again. Actually, I should have just bought that Almodovar collection for myself around the holidays because I don't remember a ton about it besides the fact that I really enjoyed it and I swooned over the skinny, baby-faced version of Antonio Banderas. Today there's another reason to rewatch the madcap comedy: Fox TV Studios is developing an hour-long, English-language TV series based on the movie. The studio has tapped Almodovar fan Mimi Schmir to write the series, as she has already "mined the arena of women in midlife crisis in a novel she is writing based on her 'Hot Flashes' blog." For more info on the project, read more.

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The movie, starring Carmen Maura and featuring Antonio Banderas, was inspired by 1950s Hollywood comedies. Featuring Almodovar's trademark rapid-fire dialogue and fast-paced action, it chronicles a two-day period in the life of a voice actress who has been abandoned by her lover and gets in a series of comedic situations while frantically trying to track him down.

The Women series "will be a suburban drama about a group of women who have known each other for a long time, perhaps from college, who are in the middle of their lives and looking at the second half of their lives," Schmir said.

Like the movie, the series will feature a fair amount of humor. Schmir also is planning to pay homage to the movie by keeping some elements, like the film's ongoing gag of unsuspecting visitors to the actress's apartment being knocked out by sleeping pill-laden gazpacho she had intended for her philandering lover.

It will be interesting to see how much of the original flavor from the movie will make it into an English-language television series. Apparently Almodovar himself will be "very involved" in the production, so that's a good sign. Have you seen Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown? How does this sound to you?

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