‘American Gigolo’ Director Paul Schrader Calls Showtime’s TV Adaptation “A Terrible Idea”

No stranger to hot takes, Paul Schrader has a new target in his sight: his own movie.

To be more exact, an upcoming television adaptation for his 1980 movie.

Showtime released a trailer earlier this week for American Gigolo,

starring Jon Bernthal, Gretchen Mol and Rosie O’Donnell.

The director of the original, starring Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton

took to his Facebook page to lambaste the new adaptation produced by Jerry Bruckheimer,

saying he had no involvement with the series and that he won’t be watching it.

After the Showtime trailer appeared online I’ve been asked if I am involved,” Schrader wrote. “The answer is no.”

Paramount apparently called Schrader years ago fielding interest from the Oscar-nominated director on adapting the original film that centers on a male escort accused of murder.