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Mike Epps to Star in ABC's 'Uncle Buck' Pilot

ABC is moving forward with Will Packer's TV adaptation of John Hughes's 1989 film Uncle Buck, and according to Deadline, the multi-cam comedy just cast Mike Epps in the lead role. The series will follow Epps as Buck Russell, "a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother Will’s kids in a very childish way." Nia Long (The Cleveland Show, House of Lies) will play Will's wife. The project is moving forward despite the protests of John Hughes and John Candy's family members, who released a statement last year voicing their disapproval: "Recalling that the director was displeased with [...]

US Adaptation of BBC Three's 'Cuckoo' Lands a Pilot Order at NBC

Strange Calls isn't the only adaptation to land an NBC pilot order today. After over a year in development, NBC has given a pilot order to a remake of British comedy series Cuckoo from longtime Simpsons producer Tim Long. The single-cam show follows "a daughter who comes back from a summer abroad after marrying a charming but infuriating eccentric named Cuckoo, much to her father’s annoyance." The original Cuckoo has aired two seasons on BBC Three so far and starred Andy Samberg as Cuckoo in the first season, while Taylor Lautner replaced him as Dale Jr. in the second. Watch a teaser for the British [...]

Jennifer Saunders Says the 'Absolutely Fabulous' Movie Is Happening This Year

It looks like the Absolutely Fabulous movie is finally happening. The Daily Mirror reports that the film adaptation of the hit BBC sitcom created by and starring Jennifer Saunders now has a completed script titled Edina and Patsy, and Saunders intends to finish the project in 2015: "I’ve finished the first draft. I’m feeling euphoric. My proper New Year’s resolution is to do the film, otherwise it’ll be a pointless year of procrastination." Saunders confirmed last year that the original cast would return for the adaptation, and she also intends to "cast everyone who has ever been in the show in it." The original BBC show ran in [...]

Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana to Star in French Comedy Remake 'Special Correspondents'

Legendary comedic duo Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana have teamed up for a new film. THR reports that the pair will star in a remake of the 2009 French film Envoyés très spéciaux. While the original film focused on the war in Iraq, Special Correspondent centers in Ecuador:

The story tells of a once-hot radio journalist (Bana), and his technician (Gervais) who, when tasked with reporting on a rebel uprising in Ecuador, fake their own kidnapping, pretending to be on the ground while actually “reporting” from the comfort of a hideout above a New York City restaurant across the street from their station. As their false reports [...]

James Franco's Film 'Zeroville' to Feature Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, and More

Hollywood's ultimate multi-hyphenate James Franco is directing and starring in an upcoming dramedy called Zeroville, and according to Slash Film it just added a ton of great guest stars. Based on the 2007 novel by Steve Erickson, Zeroville centers on Franco's character Ike Jerome (nicknamed "Vikar") as "a young and awkward architecture student obsessed with cinema. He heads to Hollywood in 1969, just as the industry is entering a transitional phase. Vikar makes a striking impression on those around him, including several movie icons. Eventually he breaks into the industry himself to become a film editor, entering a dizzying world of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll." [...]

Danny Pudi to Star in NBC Pilot 'Strange Calls'

Community's Danny Pudi might return to NBC soon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pudi has signed on to star in NBC's adaptation of Australian comedy-horror series Strange Calls, which the network ordered to pilot last month. Pudi will play Toby, "an affable but down on his luck young police officer who is transferred to a rural town where — with the help of a peculiar, elderly night watchman — he starts to realize the town has a bizarre supernatural underbelly." Patrick Brammall will reprise his role from the Australian series as Sergeant Lloyd. Cougar Town's Blake McCormack will write the script, and Modern Family's Jason Winer will [...]

NBC Orders Supernatural Comedy Pilot 'Strange Calls'

Australian paranormal comedy series Strange Calls is being developed for American audiences for a third time. THR reports that NBC has given a pilot order to a remake of the show produced by Aaron Kaplan and written by Cougar Town's Blake McCormick. The single-cam series follows "an affable but down-on-his-luck young police officer who is transferred to a rural town where — with the help of a peculiar, elderly night watchman — he starts to realize the town has a bizarre supernatural underbelly." ABC developed the show as a potential series twice in 2012 and 2014, but it ultimately did not move forward at the network. [...]

ABC Casts Justin Long in Semi-Improvised Comedy 'Irreversible'

Back in February, ABC announced it was developing a partially improvised comedy starring David Schwimmer called Irreversible based on the hit Israeli series Bilti Hafich. While the pilot did not make it to series, today Deadline reports that ABC is now giving the project another shot by recasting Justin Long in the lead role. Described as "partially improvised in the vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm," Irreversible follows Long's character Andy "and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves." ABC cast British actress Jessica Knappett in the original pilot but are reportedly looking for a replacement [...]

Jason Bateman to Direct and Star in 'IPO Man'

Jason Bateman has another film lined up. Deadline reports that Bateman will both direct and star in a film adaptation of the 2013 Wired magazine article by Joshua Davis called "Meet The Man Who Sold His Fate To Investors At $1 A Share." Bateman will play the lead character based on the real-life story of Mike Merrill, whose decision to sell stock in himself "created a host of problems … when shareholders demanded control over life decisions like whether to have a vasectomy or even whether he should move in with his longtime girlfriend (and minority shareholder)." Transparent writers Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster co-wrote the script. [...]

Charlie Kaufman Is Adapting Sci-Fi Novel 'IQ 83' as a Film Starring Steve Carell

Over the summer it was announced that FX passed on Charlie Kaufman's comedy pilot starring Michael Cera and John Hawkes, but now Kaufman has a new project in the works with a big comedy star. Deadline reports that Kaufman has signed on to rewrite the film adaptation for IQ 83 based on Arthur Herzog's 1978 science fiction novel about a virus outbreak that lowers humanity's IQs, and Steve Carell is attached to star. Here's a description of the book via Coming Soon:

You are Dr. James Healey and last week you were a genius. That was before the DNA experiments. Before the accident you said could [...]

Ben Stiller to Produce Hourlong Dramedy Series 'Super Sad True Love Story'

On top of working on the long-rumored Zoolander sequel, Ben Stiller has teamed up with the company behind House of Cards to develop a new show. THR reports that Media Rights Capital is currently developing an hourlong TV adaptation of Gary Shteyngart's bestselling novel Super Sad True Love Story with Ben Stiller attached to executive produce via his production company Red Hour Films. The dramedy will follow "the unlikely relationship between a bookish man stuck in a tech-obsessed society and a complex, materialistic young Korean-American woman. While navigating this romance he must also contend with mounting demands from his charismatic boss, who is himself being pressured [...]

Jessie Eisenberg Is Adapting His 'McSweeney's' Short Stories Into an Amazon Comedy

Jessie Eisenberg has a new Amazon series in the works. THR reports that Eisenberg is writing and executive producing a new half-hour Amazon comedy based on his series of short stories Bream Gives Me Hiccups, which ran on McSweeney's from 2012-2013. Like the short stories, the adaptation will follow "a privileged and precocious 9-year-old restaurant critic who visits different eateries with his alcoholic mother, reviewing everything, often with his friend Matthew." You can check out the original 12 short stories here.

Fox Is Developing an Adaptation of Austrian Comedy 'Braunschlag' Starring Rob Riggle

Rob Riggle might be Fox's next big comedy star. Deadline reports that the network has given a put pilot commitment to a single-cam comedy based on the 2012 Austrian series Braunschlag. The American version — which is currently untitled — will be developed by former Office, 30 Rock, and American Dad! writer Steve Hely and "follows the quirky inhabitants of a small struggling town whose mayor (Riggle) is prepared to do anything to save his community. Seriously. Anything." Hely and Riggle with co-executive produce the project.

Check out a German trailer for the original series below:

Neil Patrick Harris to Host a Weekly Variety Show for NBC

NBC is adding another weekly show called Saturday Night. Vulture reports that the network has teamed up with actor and next year's Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris to head up an American adaptation of the UK variety show Saturday Night Takeaway that will tape in Harris's home base of New York City. "As I watched the show, I couldn't stop smiling. Now that I've seen many seasons, my face hurts. It's a game changer," said Harris on the news. "Nothing like this has been done before, and it's unique structure fits right into my random skill set. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and have [...]