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NBC Is Developing a 'Problem Child' Sitcom Adaptation

Hit 1990 film Problem Child is getting the sitcom treatment at NBC. Deadline reports that the network has put a single-cam comedy adaptation in development based off the film starring John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as a couple tricked into adopting a seven-year-old boy who wreaks havoc wherever he goes. Problem Child grossed $72 million when it was released in theaters in 1990 on a $10 million budget and went on to return with two sequels in 1991 and 1995. The TV adaptation comes from writer Scot Armstrong, who penned Old School, The Hangover: Part II, and the 2004 TV-to-movie adaptation Starsky & Hutch and will also serve [...]

Jonathan Ames Is Adapting an Icelandic Inmate Revolt Dramedy for Showtime

On top of creating a scripted comedy for Starz with Patrick Stewart, THR reports that Bored to Death's Jonathan Ames is also adapting the Icelandic dramedy World's End into a half-hour series for premium network Showtime. The series will follow a high school English teacher "struggling with life, love and his disaffected students, who spins out of control and winds up committed to a mental institution, where, ironically, he finally feels normal and becomes the leader of an inmate revolt." Ames will write the script and serve as executive producer alongside Ben Silverman and his former Bored to Death EP Stephanie Davis. Click through to watch the [...]

Tina Fey Is Starring in a Movie Adaptation of the Memoir 'The Taliban Shuffle'

Tina Fey has lined up her next movie project. She's starring in and producing an adaptation of journalist Kim Barker's memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Variety reports. The book details Barker's time spent as a journalist in the region in 2002. Fey's 30 Rock co-showrunner Robert Carlock wrote the script for the adaptation, and Lorne Michaels is producing. There's currently no director attached to the project.

Fey can next be seen acting in The Muppets Most Wanted with Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell and the family comedy This Is Where I Leave You with Jason Bateman and Adam Driver. Both are [...]

David Schwimmer to Star in Partially Improvised ABC Comedy 'Irreversible'

After making his switch from acting to directing films (Run, Fatboy, Run and Trust), Deadline reports that former Friends star David Schwimmer has signed on to return to television on the ABC comedy Irreversible. Based on the hit Israeli series Bilti Hafich, Irreversible will be semi-improvised "in the vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm." The show follows Andy (Schwimmer) and Sarah, "a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves." Segahl Avin, a co-creator on the original Israeli series, co-wrote the US adaptation and may also come aboard to direct the pilot in New York. Not counting his small roles [...]

HBO to Remake French Porn Comedy 'Hard'

According to The Guardian, HBO is set to remake the French television series Hard, a comedy about "a Catholic housewife who discovers her husband's secret life as a porn mogul after he dies — and has to carry it on when she faces financial difficulties." The original series ran for two seasons in the UK on demand from 2008-2011, with a third season announced this past August. HBO has tapped Jenny Bicks, showrunner on The Big C and former Sex and the City writer/producer, to helm the US adaptation. Click through to watch a subtitled trailer for the original Hard, which is probably as NSFW as the Google [...]

British Comedy Adaptation 'Friday Night Dinner' Lands Pilot at CBS

Back in 2011 it was reported that The Office's Greg Daniels was adapting the British comedy series Friday Night Dinner for NBC that was not ordered to series, but today the show is getting a second shot on another network. Deadline reports that CBS has given a put-pilot commitment to a new adaptation of the Channel 4 series, which "focuses on the regular dinner experience of a family each Friday night." Original Friday Night Dinner creator Robert Popper will write the US version, though it's not yet known whether it will be single-cam like the original or take on CBS's more common multi-cam format.

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Does FX's 'Fargo' Keep the Original's Darkness While Losing the Comedy?

Many words have been written this week about Tuesday’s premiere of the FX eponymous miniseries adaptation of Fargo, particularly in regards to its faithfulness to the classic and nearly universally adored Coen Brothers original. Critics seem to agree that the show, with the Coen Brothers blessing represented in the form of an Executive Producer credit, is faithful in setting and in certain character similarities to the film, but it is mostly not attempting to be an adaptation at all. Rather, it is its own set of stories that take place in the same snow-covered, “you betcha” oeuvre and the various criminals — hapless to exacting — that inhabit and pass [...]

'Scrubs' Is Getting the Broadway Musical Treatment

A desire to reboot Clone High isn't the only truth bomb Bill Lawrence dropped in his EW interview yesterday. The Scrubs creator also confirmed that there's a Scrubs Broadway musical on the way. While Lawrence said Zach Braff will not star in the production, he did say there's a possibility that Ted's a cappella group The Worthless Peons (Sam Lloyd's real-life band The Blanks) will make an appearance.

Where does it stand now? We’re negotiating with different theater groups who will hopefully put up the money for a year to pay the composers to develop [spec songs]. Disney has nicely become a silent partner in giving the [...]

A 'Back to the Future' Musical Is Coming to London

Back to the Future: The Musical is coming. According to Slash Film, original Back to the Future writers Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis are working with producer Colin Ingram to bring the musical to London's West End. Alan Silvestri (who composed the music for the film) is signed on to write the music, with British theatre director Jamie Lloyd on board to helm the production. The musical is set to debut in London in 2015 to coincide with the film's 30th anniversary, then hopefully hop over the pond for a U.S. version soon after. Here's a statement from Bob Gale assuring fans that the musical will stay true [...]

Ken Marino and Erica Oyama Are Adapting 'Go the Fuck to Sleep'

Fox is turning the profane children's book Go the Fuck to Sleep into a movie, and Deadline reports that Ken Marino and Erica Oyama Marino, the husband-wife team behind the hilarious Yahoo web series Burning Love, are writing the script. From author Adam Mansbach and illustrator Ricardo Cortes, Go the Fuck to Sleep is described as "a children's book for adults" that follows a frustrated father not being able to get his daughter to sleep. An audiobook version read by Samuel L. Jackson (embedded below) became a big internet hit two years ago. This seems like an awfully flimsy basis for a movie and as The AV [...]

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis to Star in a Richard Linklater Film

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are teaming up to star in another movie together with Richard Linklater attached to direct. Vulture reports via Cannes that the duo have signed on to star in an adaptation of the wonderfully titled Daniel Asa Rose memoir Larry's Kidney: Being the True Story of How I Found Myself in China with My Black Sheep Cousin and His Mail-Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Get Him a Transplant–and Save His Life. Ferrell will play Rose, the one who goes on the kidney hunt for his cousin Larry (Galifianakis). Galifianakis and Ferrell last starred together in the 2012 political comedy The Campaign. [...]

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are Making a Movie About the '90s Nintendo/Sega Battle

Just when you thought that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were too busy for another project, Collider reports that the duo has been brought on to write and direct a movie adaptation for Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation, a behind-the-scenes oral history book by Blake Harris that comes out this August. Sony and The Social Network's Scott Rudin have acquired movie rights for the book, and Harris is signed on to executive produce the movie.

Console Wars sounds like an interesting read for video gamers and '90s kids alike. According to Booktrade.info, “Blake Harris draws on hundreds of interviews [...]

AMC Developing 'Preacher' TV Adaptation Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

According to EW, a TV version of the 1990s comics series Preacher is currently being developed by AMC with Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) on board as executive producer and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg attached to produce and write the pilot. "This is amazing!" Rogen and Goldberg said in a statement released today. "We've tried for seven years to work on Preacher and we're so psyched AMC is finally letting us. It is our favorite comic of all time, and we're going to do everything we can to make it right. Humperdoo!" Click through to read AMC's official description of the show as well as a statement from [...]

Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant Are Writing a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Movie

Screenwriting team Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant are currently in final negotiations to pull off what seems like an impossible cinematic feat. THR reports that the duo are attached to write a movie adaptation of the hit 1980s Choose Your Own Adventure book series, with We're the Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber already signed on to direct. While it's way too early to know how Lennon and Garant plan to adapt well over 200 books that cut across multiple time periods and genres, if there's anyone who can successfully write a Choose Your Own Adventure movie it's the Night at the Museum guys.