Single White Female: Barbet Schroder 1992 Thriller into TV Series

NBC is developing a reboot of the 1992 feature Single White Female that starred Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

The drama is described as a “modern-day reboot” of the movie that was written by Don Roos and directed by Barbet Schroeder, which was based on John Lutz’s novel SWF Seeks Same.

The updated psychological thriller is set in San Francisco (the film was set in New York).

When con-artist Hedra (played in the movie by Leigh) uses her professional connections to target Allie (portrayed by Fonda), a seemingly rich colleague in search of a roommate, Hedra slowly begins to realize that her mark may not be quite as innocuous as she first seems.

Hedra may have met her match in Allie, making viewers question who is really being “single white female’d.”

Eric Garcia will pen the script and executive produce the NBC drama. The potential Single White Female series is from Sony Pictures Television’s TriStar banner.

Sony’s Columbia Pictures distributed the original feature, which grossed $48 million domestically with a budget of $16 million.

In 2005, there was a direct to video sequel to the original film, Single White Female 2: The Psycho, starring Kristen Miller.

Reboots are in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming outlets look for proven IP in a bid to cut through a cluttered scripted landscape that is quickly approaching 500 original series.

The remakes involve the original producers in some capacity as more studios look to monetize their existing film libraries.