The Nice Guys TV Series in the Works with Female Leads


With Lethal Weapon successfully making the transition to the small screen last year on Fox, the network is now looking to exploit another more recent Shane Black property for its TV potential as well. Although The Nice Guys failed to make much of an impact at the box office last year (just $62 million worldwide on a $50 million budget), it was critically acclaimed and served as a refreshing throwback to the buddy comedy genre. Now there is a TV series in the works courtesy of Silver Pictures Television and Lionsgate TV, albeit with an increasingly familiar twist. The show will reportedly be called The Nice Girls and will revolve around two female private eyes instead. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

According to Deadline, Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to The Nice Girls, a “contemporary female take” on Shane Black’s 2016 film The Nice Guys which starred Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. The penalty portion of the deal means that if they do not end up producing and airing the pilot, the network will have to pay out an extra fee. Joel Silver is executive producing (he also oversaw production of the Lethal Weapon TV show as well) although it does not appear that Shane Black is involved.

The script is being written by Michael Diliberti (30 Minutes or Less), who also has a spec script called Miami, PI in development at RatPac and Pulse Films. Obviously the gender swap angle is becoming a bit of a trend these days and usually it helps put a new spin on a property that a studio is looking to reboot. In the case of The Nice Guys, however, it is a bit odd considering that it is such a recent film. Do you have any interest in a female-led TV version of The Nice Guys?

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  • Claudio

    where’s the facepalm? where’s the FACEPAAAAALM?!?!

  • Jake

    Indeed. The Nice Guys was my favorite film of 2016. I would have loved to see a big screen sequel, especially since Shane Black set it up for one and has an idea of where the story would go. I would even be down for this if Black was involved. But definitely face palm without Black.

  • Mark D.

    This has got to be a joke. I mean, come on. “The Nice Girls”? That’s not even a *phrase*. Tell me this is a joke.

  • Lori Cerny

    “The Nice Guys was my favorite film of 2016.”

    C’mon, Jake. You’d put it above Sing Street?!?

  • Lori Cerny

    Maybe Sean is trolling us.

  • Claudio

    that’s what i needed. thank you ^^

  • Jake

    I enjoyed Sing Street for sure, but Nice Guys has become one I’ve gone back to again and again. I don’t think I had it number 1 of 2016 right away but it’s earned that title now after multiple rewatches. :)

  • mushroomyakuza

    Take a genuinely good, under the radar comedy and fuck it up by A) making it a TV show B) replacing the ‘guys’ with ‘gals C) killing any potential for an actual sequel. Fucks sake Hollywood.