Matthew McConaughey’s career resurgence can be traced back to his standout role in 2011’s Killer Joe, directed by The Exorcist filmmaker William Friedkin. McConaughey played sadistic hitman Joe Cooper in the dark thriller, one of a handful of recent roles that have taken his career down an interesting and exciting new path.
Unfortunately, McConaughey won’t be returning for the spinoff TV series, which Indiewire reports is in development. The site notes that Friedkin himself is developing the series; he’s working with producer Bobby Maresco (Million Dollar Baby) for a new take on the film’s general premise.
The series will move the action to upper class Houston.
“It’s set among the millionaires and billionaires, who have their wives or business competitors killed,” Friedkin teased. “Joe is a hired killer who frames bad guys for the murders who can’t get arrested for something else, or he makes them look like suicides. He becomes a kind of avenging angel in the series because he doesn’t just kill anybody for hire. He has to feel that guy in some way deserves to go.”
EOne is in talks to produce the show, which doesn’t yet have a lead actor.