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It's a Fresh (Television) Start for 'My Beautiful Laundrette'

by Kilian Melloy
Thursday Jan 11, 2018
Kumail Nanjiani
Kumail Nanjiani  (Source:Gage Skidmore)

"The Big Sick" scribe Kumail Nanjiani is poised to take a walk on the wilder side, with plans to star in a TV series based on the 1985 gay Brit-flick "My Beautiful Laundrette."

Variety reports that Nanjiani would also write for the new series. The Pakistani-American comedian has starred on television shows such as "Silicon Valley" and Comedy Central's "The Meltdown Show with Jonah and Kumail," and based last year's romantic comedy "The Big Sick," which he co-authored with wife Emily V. Gordon, on events from his own life.

The original film was written by British playwright and novelist Hanif Kureishi and featured an interracial same-sex couple played by Gordon Warnecke and Daniel Day-Lewis, the latter of whom currently stars in the new Paul Thomas Anderson film "Phantom Thread." Kureishi will revisit the property as executive producer of the TV version.

The film's general story - an interracial gay couple running a laundromat - will be preserved in the new show, IndieWire reports, noting that subjects like committed gay relationships and immigration make the project "timely." (The entrepreneurial angle will also play well in the Trump era, no doubt.)

The new series will be produced by Super Deluxe, a company that is known for its viral videos and has ventured into film with projects like Matt Wolf's documentary "Bayard and Me," about Bayard Rustin and his male partner. Though no specifics are yet available for where the series might air, Super Deluxe just inked a separate deal with Netflix for a 10-episode "supernatural drama," Variety reports.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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