Will The Truman Show Work As A TV Series?

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Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures

Presumably because all other ideas in the world have officially been used up, recent reports are confirming that The Truman Show – the 1998 film starring Jim Carrey about a man who realises his entire life is the sum of a TV show – is to be made into an actual TV show. Yes, Paramount have revealed plans to turn much of their existing content into brand new shows for television. “We have three buckets of content we’re looking at, and one of them is intellectual property the studio, which has been around for over 100 years, owns,” revealed Paramount exec Amy Powell.

The Truman Show, of course, emerged as one of the best films of the ’90s, and brought attention to Jim Carrey as an actor of great dramatic weight. The film was also nominated for three Oscars and made an absolute killing at the box office, so it’s no wonder, really, that Paramount are looking to this property as a way into television. The big question, however, is…  how would a Truman Show television series work? Does the idea actually fit into the television format? Isn’t the point of The Truman Show that Truman finds out he’s living inside a TV show?

Which begins another question… how long could a literal Truman Show go on for without getting boring? They wouldn’t be able to keep Truman in the dark for too long, after all… then again, they wouldn’t want the character to realise what’s happening too quickly, either. The way we could see it working? The show itself focuses on the behind the scenes lives of people who work on The Truman Show – our main characters are the actors, directors, writers, and camera men who interact with and maintain Truman’s world. Think Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, but better.

What do you think? Is this an idea that could actually work? How do you like our idea for the show? How do you envision it working? Let us know in the comments section below.