Paul Schrader Won’t Watch Showtime’s ‘American Gigolo,’ Says Adapting His Film Is “Terrible Idea”

Paul Schrader is not mincing words when it comes to his feelings about the

forthcoming television adaptation of his film American Gigolo.

Schrader wrote and directed the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced crime movie

from 1980 that featured Richard Gere as sex worker Julian Kay and Lauren

After Showtime released the first trailer earlier this week for the drama series of the same name that stars Jon Bernthal and Gretchen Mol,

Schrader took to Facebook on Saturday to make it clear he is not involved in the show.

“Some years ago I received a call from Paramount asking about remaking

American Gigolo as a series,” posted Schrader, whose credits include the

screenplay for Martin Scorsese’s 1976 film Taxi Driver.