Kumail Nanjiani Developing “My Beautiful Laundrette” TV Series

Johnny and Omar are back.

My Beautiful Laundrette is often cited as one of the best LGBT films ever made, but younger generations who grew up with Queer As Folk and Brokeback Mountain might not might be familiar with the 1985 groundbreaking classic.


That is about to change. Variety is reporting that Kumail Nanjiani, star and co-writer of The Big Sick, is developing a TV series based on My Beautiful Laundrette. Nanjiani is attached to star and co-write the script.

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Hanif Kureishi, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of the original film, will produce the project along with Alec Berg, executive producer of Silicon Valley. Traffic screenwriter Stephen Gaghan will also produce along with the digital production company, Super Deluxe.

In the 1985 Laundrette, Daniel Day-Lewis played a working class British punk named Johnny who reunites with Omar, his lover from their teenage years, and the two open a laundrette with stolen money. No word on how the plot will be expanded for a television series.

No deal has been finalized for a buyer for Nanjiani’s version of Laundrette, so it may be awhile before it hits screens, but this seems like the perfect opportunity to revisit the original groundbreaking movie.

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