De Niro and screenwriter Eric Roth are set to dip into the world of spies once again, as they are teaming up to bring "The Good Shepherd" to Showtime. They will use the small screen format to delve deeper into the characters from the film, and will center on the family of a CIA operative. And we'd reckon the breathing room and space is an attractive opportunity for De Niro who mentioned this spring that Universal had given the go-ahead for a followup film, but at a much lower budget that he turned down.
Roth will write and De Niro will direct, but the big question will be if they will be able to crack the expectations of a weekly show. One of the big complaints for many was that "The Good Shepherd" was too cold, internal and slow. And a serialized format generally demands more cliffhangers and incidents to keep viewers returning, rather than a slow burn which is a much tougher sell. But at least on Showtime they'll be free of the constrains of network TV, so that's a plus.
Either way, this is much more promising than "Midnight Run 2" or another 'Fockers,' and it's clearly something De Niro is invested in, having kept at it this long. So we're excited to see how this turns out. [Deadline]