Tombs-inspired “St. Elmo’s Fire” to be remade as a TV show

St. Elmo's Fire

A TV show based on the Georgetown-centric Brat Pack classic “St. Elmo’s Fire” has just been picked up by ABC.  The original 1985 film—starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe,Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Mare Winningham as friends who had recently graduated from Georgetown and hung out at the Tombs stand-in, St. Elmo’s Fire —is one of Georgetown’s biggest cinematic claims to fame.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show is going to maintain the movie’s Georgetown setting and is being produced by, among others, Joel Schumacher (the co-writer and director of the  film) and actor Topher Grace.

The show’s writer, Dan Bucatinsky, told the Hollywood Reporter that the whole six-young-friends-in-a-city-who-hang-out-at-an-eatery set-up may seem a little reminiscent of Friends, but that’s sort of what they’re going for.

6 Comments on “Tombs-inspired “St. Elmo’s Fire” to be remade as a TV show

  1. So are they going to film this at Maryland/Thirds just like the original since the admin wouldn’t let them first time around?

  2. Just like Friends, they’ll probably take pictures of the area and then film the entire thing in LA, minus a few historical venues needed for background purposes during scene filming in future episodes.

    Is this gonna be a comedy? Or a drama?

  3. @Ali: It doesn’t seem like they have the details of where it’s going to be filmed, but I doubt it would be feasible to film on location.

    @Eric: According to THR, it’s going to be a “dramedy.”

  4. Let’s see who’s going to suck more:

    1. Georgetown, for (likely) not letting them film on campus (like they did in St. Elmo’s Fire) and hindering any and all recognition of Georgetown on film,


    2. The producers of the TV show, for turning an one of the Brat Pack’s least amusing films (let’s be honest with ourselves – SEF wasn’t that great) into a rote, formulaic sitcom


  5. That is to say, GU *didn’t* allow them to film on campus for St. Elmo’s Fire the movie, which is why Georgetown looks suspiciously like the University of Maryland.

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