Did you know that legal drama ‘Suits’ is based on a real story? More importantly, it is based on the life of showrunner Aaron Korsh.
While Aaron Korsh has come forth to reveal this, it has gotten fans super excited. They now feel that this reveal may assist in the renewal of the show for season 10. Scroll down for full report.
‘Suits’ showrunner Aaron Korsh has confirmed that the popular legal drama is not a work of fiction but is based on real-life events. More importantly, it is based on his own life as an investment banker. Find out all about the real story behind ‘Suits’ and how the show came to be.
- ‘Suits’ is based on the life of showrunner Aaron Korsh
- ‘Suits’ could have been a Wall Street drama
- Fans think this reveal might put a renewal on the cards for the show
Pearson Specter Litt was all set to become a Wall Street firm until it was not. ‘Suits’ showrunner Aaron Korsh has revealed that he had based the legal drama on his real-life story.
There might not have been a Mike, but there definitely was a Harvey in this real-life story!
‘Suits’ is based on the life of showrunner Aaron Korsh
American legal drama ‘Suits’ is based on the real-life events of show-runner Aaron Korsh. Before joining the film industry, Aaron Korsh had a career far from the show business. Following business school, Korsh joined the Wall Street biggies as an investment banker which, according to him, is the “basis of ‘Suits'”. The similarities between Korsh’s Wall Street life and ‘Suits’ don’t just end there. It also serves as an inspiration for the formulation of the characters of the show.
During his time at Wall Street, Korsh had a boss named Harvey. Now, we don’t know if real-life Harvey was as playful, persuasive, and charismatic as the corporate lawyer Harvey Specter from the show, but what we do know is that Aaron Korsh was no less of a Mike Ross. Aaron Korsh has admitted that during his investment banking years, he had dabbled in marijuana and had an excellent memory, much like Harvey’s legal prodigy Mike Ross. Korsh believes that there’s a lot more likeliness than meets the eye when it comes to him being associated with Mike’s character.
Korsh had been a writer’s assistant for a long time before he took up responsibility as the showrunner for ‘Suits’. On the first day, on the set of ‘Suits’, Korsh remembered feeling out of place. In his own words, he felt like a “fraud”, which was initially an aspect of Mike’s character in the show. Looking at the bigger picture, he realised that the context and background of ‘Suits’ is something that came from him and his life, and that made all the difference for him.
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‘Suits’ could have been a Wall Street drama
Not only is ‘Suits‘ based on the life of Aaron Korsh, but the legal drama was initially planned to be a Wall Street project. That means we would have seen Harvey and Mike crunching numbers in the tall corporate buildings of Wall Street rather than spending hours at the court if the initial plan was to pan out successfully. Korsh confirmed having based ‘Suits’ on his real experiences of working at Wall Street. However, later it had to be turned into a legal drama under pressure from the network.
I wrote a spec piece that I originally intended to be a half-hour entourage-type based on my experiences working on Wall Street … We were going to potentially go with Universal Media Studios, but they were going to take it everywhere except NBC…
It was odd to me because their biggest network, that they sold shows to, was NBC and that was the one network they didn’t want to take it to, for whatever reason … We went in and pitched to USA how we would take these same characters and put them into the world of law. They bought it after that pitch and we never pitched it anywhere else”, said Korsh.
Will this reveal put a renewal on the cards for the show?
Although originally intended to be based on his Wall Street experiences, turning ‘Suits’ into a legal drama proved to be a task for Korsh. Barring the initial 30 minutes of the show, Korsh had to redo most of the script for the show to work as a legal drama. However, revamping the show while keeping its basic structure the same, wasn’t anything short of interesting for him. Korsh said, “It was interesting because when it’s Wall Street, [Mike] was only faking going to Harvard, he wasn’t faking a law degree. To work on Wall Street, to be a mathematical genius, there is no degree you need to have whereas to practice [law], you need to pass the bar”.
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Korsh and his team also had to redraft the framework for the initial few episodes. Although nothing was abandoned, fine-tuning the plot structure to find a balance was a challenge that the creators faced. It might have taken them a few cracks, but they got there eventually!
While fans are super excited about finding out the real inspiration behind the show, what has got them even more excited is the prospects that such a reveal offers. They think that this reveal is just in time for a renewal to be planned. This, alongside Megxit, has created the perfect opportunity for the showrunners to plan season 10 of ‘Suits’. Not to forget that 2020 is indeed a year of reboots, and the conditions being perfect, this might be the right moment to make a move for it.
Do you want ‘Suits’ to come back with season 10? How do you think ‘Suits’ would have turned out as a Wall Street drama? Do you think the writers did a good job with the revamping? Let us know what you think in the comments below!