Fox Is Developing A Female-Led TV Reboot Of Shane Black’s ‘The Nice Guys’ – Can A TV Reboot Capture The Same Magic As The Original?

Shane Black’s 2016 film The Nice Guys is one of the best comedies in recent memory. It masterfully integrated the heart-pounding action elements of a buddy-cop romp with the sharp, dark wit commonly seen in Black’s films. Now, it’s officially returning to the public eye on the small screen with a change that seems to be a current trend in both film and TV.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has “given a script commitment plus penalty” for the gender-swapped reboot of The Nice Guys, which is currently titled The Nice Girls. The series is still in the early stages of development and is described as a one-hour contemporary female take on the acclaimed feature film which saw Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe play a mismatched duo tasked with solving the disappearance of a young woman in 1977.

2011’s 30 Minutes Or Less writer Michael Diliberti is set to write and executive produce the series along with Ken Kao (The Glass Castle), Rodney Ferrell and Black’s frequent collaborator, Joel Silver. Silver served as the producer on the original film and also produced the Lethal Weapon franchise – another property that has been rebooted as a TV series on Fox and is currently on their second season. The network also recently announced a TV adaptation of the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic True Lies, so they certainly aren’t slowing down when it comes to adapting film favorites for the small screen.

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Can This TV Reboot Capture The Film’s Brilliance?

It’s somewhat ironic that while The Nice Guys was an antidote to the lack of original storylines in movies, it has now become another property set to be reimagined for TV.

The Nice Guys was praised by fans and critics alike, and grossed $62 million worldwide on a $50 million budget. While that number is respectable, it wasn’t nearly enough to warrant the studio giving the green light for a sequel that virtually every fan of the film (including myself) wanted to see.

It’s somewhat ironic that while The Nice Guys was an antidote to the lack of original storylines in movies, it has now become another property set to be reimagined for TV. A reboot can certainly be just as good as the film, however it’s seemingly destined to be a constant uphill battle because of how revered the original film is – why not just create a brand new property featuring two female characters similar to Ryan Gosling’s Holland March and Russell Crowe’s Jackson Healy? 

Including The Nice Guys’ label on this potential series is going to come with certain expectations that simply wouldn’t be present had it been developed as a new addition to the classic buddy-cop genre.

I truly hope that original director Shane Black is somehow involved in the creative process. The original was a 16-year passion project of his and the love he had for it is clearly illustrated with every word spoken from each character. Black describes how he strove to not make the main pairing in The Nice Guys your typical buddy cop duo:

“… [It’s] so common nowadays if you’re doing a detective or cop buddy movie to just pluck two SNL alumni and say ‘Be funny.’ And that’s something I was never capable of. I need guys who are organically good—who have the gravitas and the acting chops to do the dark moments as well.”

It’s with this mindset and the subversion of certain action comedy tropes that caused fans to adore The Nice Guys as much as they do. Hopefully The Nice Girls is able to follow in the footsteps of its cinematic counterpart and feature action sequences that aren’t necessarily one bombastic bang after another, and well-rounded characters who don’t solely exist for a punch line.

(Sources: THR | Variety)
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The Nice Guys (2016) Movie Review

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The Nice Guys, or as I like to call it, THANK YOU SHANE BLACK.

Right off the bat I will say this: The Nice Guys thus far is one of my favourite films of the year. I was intrigued by the pairing of Russell Crowe/Ryan Gosling and really didn’t know what to expect… The outcome was a pleasant surprise that left me smiling more than someone taking up drinking. Every character in this movie served a purpose. I honestly cannot think of any glaring dead weight and that is a testament to fantastically written characters.

Now there are actors under the age of 25 in this movie and child actors are known for being less than stellar in certain movies… The kids in this movie are essentially the complete opposite of Rick and Evie’s kid in The Mummy Returns. I have to give a shout out to Angourie Rice who played Gosling’s daughter, Holly. Her character and acting was honestly child-actor-from-GameofThrones-good.

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Brilliant on-screen father/daughter pairing

There were hilarious similarities drawn between the character of Jessica/Janet (Janice?) that reminded me of the Carol/Cheryl name issue in Archer and Margaret Qualley AKA Jill from The Leftovers, who really nails her role as the daughter of the problematic hunky father in the phenomenal HBO series, gives a fine performance in this movie however there are certain moments I found her overdoing it.

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Kim Basinger also makes an appearance but I found myself thinking she was confused between giving a subdued, quiet performance and being literally stone-faced. There were sprinkles of absurdity sprinkled throughout the movie that had me fucking cracking up during certain moments and Blue Face is an example of the absurdity where I never became tired with his eccentricities. In any lesser movie I would’ve wanted someone to kill him the minute he came on screen, but I just found him ridiculously endearing.

As mentioned, the visual gags and dialogue in The Nice Guys had me cracking up. Without delving into that spoiler territory, there was a moment I thought would come to fruition later on, however it completely deviated the notion in a way I never would have thought of. I sense this is one of those movies I need to rewatch a couple of times in order to witness the gags again and really just to listen to the dialogue again because this is such a funny script; numerous callbacks made and consistently showcasing the various talents both Gosling and Crowe have…

Side note: the soundtrack and aesthetics of this movie are AMAZING. I found myself nodding my head along at certain parts and making my eyes very happy with 1970’s Los Angeles the next.

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You hear people complain every other day about “aw man! Where are the original properties nowadays? Why is everything a Superhero movie?? Why is x being remade when the original is so good??!!” I’m in the Camp of I don’t really mind sequels and remakes and reboots and prequels and reboots of the prequels or whatever, but when a completely new story comes into theatres, the general audience just doesn’t seem to gravitate toward it that much as they would an already-established property. It is a sad state of affairs but money speaks louder than originality and in the end, Hollywood is a business. If they have a choice between making an Angry Birds movie and being certain of making a return on it, 10 times out of 10 they will choose to make a movie like that over an R-rated (Rated 14A here in Ontario because boobs shouldn’t scar a 16 year old) action-comedy with witty banter and boobs.

Now you could also argue that making such movies like the Angry Birds allows studios to take more chances with properties such as The Nice Guys so I guess what I’m saying is, if your schedule and life allows it, please watch The Nice Guys. 


If you’re looking for a movie that is a culmination of dark humour, shootout action and incredibly fantastic chemistry between the main leads, check out the Mexican and Filipino in The Nice Guys.

The Nice Guys receives 4.5/5 Matt Damon heads.

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