A series based on the 1991 Nick Nolte film, The Prince of Tides, is in the early stages of development at Apple TV+. Tate Taylor (of The Help fame) will be writing the script for the television drama, which is currently being pitched to several high-profile Hollywood stars. Production is scheduled to begin later this summer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the scripts are still being finalized.
Along with writing duties for the series adaptation of the Nick Nolte film, Taylor will executive produce along with John Norris under their Wyolah Entertainment banner. Craig Anderson and Sharon Hall will also be sharing producing duties. The studio backing The Prince of Tides series is Sony Pictures Television, Variety reports.
The Prince of Tides series will essentially be a reboot, which was inspired by Pat Conroy’s novel of the same name. The film was directed by Barbra Streisand from a screenplay by Pat Conroy and Becky Johnston. Along with directing, Streisand also produced and starred in the movie opposite Nick Nolte. At the time of its release, the movie received positive feedback from fans and critics. It opened at number four at the US box office and remained in the top 10 for seven weeks. The movie also raked in $135 million at the global box office.
Like the movie, the series is expected to follow Tom Wingo (played by Nick Nolte in the film) who travels to New York to take care of his suicidal sister. When he eventually meets with her therapist, Susan Lowenstein, she helps him piece together the traumatic life the siblings had at the hands of their abusive parents. He also confronts the personal demons that have tormented him for years. During their sessions, Tom and Susan begin to fall for each another.
The Nick Nolte starrer was also nominated for various awards. It even managed to earn seven Academy Awards nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay, but it failed to take home any trophies. However, decades after its release The Prince of Tides stills holds a 70% score on review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes based on 33 reviews. While the site’s overall consensus refers to the central romance as suffocating, the moving performances by the lead stars give the story a soulful edge. It remains to be seen if The Prince of Tides alum will be involved in the new series.
Meanwhile, Nick Nolte has been quietly adding film and television credits to his extensive catalog of work. In 2019, the 81-year-old lent his voice to Kuiil in three episodes of the Marvel / Disney+ series The Mandalorian. The actor also starred in the Spectrum Originals series Paradise Lost in 2020. Created by Rodes Fishburne, the story followed Yates Forsythe who returns to his hometown in Mississippi with his family. There he uncovers some dark secrets that change the lives of everyone involved. Nick Nolte starred alongside Josh Hartnett, Bridget Regan, and Barbara Hershey in the 10-episode series. However, the series received mostly negative reviews and was not renewed for a second season.