My Beautiful Laundrette is not only considered one of the finest LGBT movies ever made, but one of the best overall. The 1985 film holds a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Stephen Frears directed comedy-drama is being adapted for television by The Big Sick writer/actor Kumail Nanjiani. The 39-year-old Pakistani-American comedian is also attached to star in the adaptation.
The Beautiful Laundrette reflects the complex—and often comical—relationships between members of the Pakistani and English communities in London. The story focuses on Omar, played by Gordon Warnecke, a young Pakistani man living in London, and his reunion and eventual romance with his old friend, a street punk named Johnny, played by Daniel Day-Lewis. The two become the caretakers and business managers of a launderette originally owned by Omar’s uncle Nasser.
Daniel Day-Lewis received the 1986 award for Best Supporting Actor from the U.S. National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. The film also scored an Academy nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
No deal has been finalized with a buyer for the series yet, according to Variety. Watch the original trailer for the film below.
My Beautiful Laundrette Official Trailer