Showtime developing 'In the Heat of the Night' series with Tate Taylor

October 8, 2014 9:38 PM

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The premium network and MGM Television have begun developing a new TV project based on the 1967 film In the Heat of the Night, EW has confirmed. Written and directed by The Help‘s Tate Taylor, the series will be “an exploration of character and race set in modern-day Mississippi.” Taylor, a Mississippi native, will also executive produce alongside Warren Littlefield (Fargo) and John Norris (Get on Up). The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

The movie starred Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier as two men working together against their racial differences to solve a murder investigation in a hostile Southern town. In the Heat of the Night won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Steiger. Based on John Ball’s 1965 nov...

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