Fox has ordered a drama pilot based on the acclaimed 1980 film Urban Cowboy.
The logline: “Fueled with energetic music, it follows Kyle and Gaby, two star-crossed young lovers, as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line-dancing in honky-tonks, the grime of the oil refineries and the glamour of modern Texas. It’s about family legacies, starting over, finding true love, and the American dream.”
Craig Brewer will direct and executive produce the pilot. Robert Evans, Sue Naegle and Chris Levinson will also serve as executive producers.
The original Urban Cowboy starred Debra Winger and John Travolta. The Fox project was previously reported as in development, but now the network has progressed to the next stage.
“In the 35 years since I made the original Urban Cowboy, country music and the influence of Texas has gone stratospheric,” Evans said. “The timing could not be better to continue this story in the television world… And what an ace team of collaborators we have on board to make it happen.”
In other Fox/Travolta news, earlier today EW first reported that Graceland actor Aaron Tveit will star in the network’s Grease: Live musical, playing the role Travolta made famous, Danny Zuko.