Chuck Lorre is going for a dramatic change of pace with his next small-screen project.
The über producer (The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men) is developing an eight-episode drama series for Amazon, based on the 1987 Tom Wolfe novel The Bonfire of the Vanities, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A snapshot of New York City in the 1980s, Wolfe’s novel spins a tale of racism, politics and self-interest, as told from the perspective of three very different characters: a Jewish assistant district attorney, a British reporter and a WASP-y bond trader. In 1990, Bonfire of the Vanities was made into a movie starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Melanie Griffith and Kim Cattrall.
The drama will be written by Margaret Nagle (Red Band Society, Boardwalk Empire), who will executive-produce with Lorre.
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