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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 [...]

Bill Lawrence Is Developing an 'IT Crowd' Remake for NBC

NBC is attempting to remake the Channel 4 workplace comedy The IT Crowd again. Deadline reports that the network has teamed up with Bill Lawrence — who is also developing a Rush Hour TV adaptation for CBS — to adapt the Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, and Katherine Parkinson-starring series into a multi-cam show with Community's Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan signed on as writers. This makes NBC's second attempt to remake the British series following the 2006-2007 season version starring Joel McHale, which you can read more about here.

ABC Is Developing a Multi-Cam 'Uncle Buck' TV Series

The television industry didn't even give us a full 24 hours to bask in the news that Cameron Crowe killed off NBC's planned Say Anything TV show before tossing in yet another classic comedy now on track to get the sitcom treatment. Deadline reports that ABC has teamed up with Ride Along producer Will Packer to adapt John Hughes's 1989 film Uncle Buck starring John Candy as a half-hour multi-cam comedy. The TV adaptation will be written and co-executive produced by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, who have also written for MADtv and Scrubs. This makes the second attempt at a television adaptation for Uncle Buck following [...]

Sarah Silverman Is Developing a Broadway Musical Adaptation of Her Memoir 'The Bedwetter'

Sarah Silverman is bringing her memories of wetting the bed to Broadway. According to Broadway World, Silverman revealed during her interview on today's Howard Stern Show that she's currently working on a musical version of her 2010 memoir The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee. The production will feature music by Cry-Baby's Adam Schlesinger, who has also composed music for The Dana Carvey Show, Saturday Night Live, and Crank Yankers. Silverman will not star in the show, but when Stern asked whether there would be "actual bedwetting" she said: "There won't be actual urine coming out of the urethra, but yes. Great question, Howard — that [...]

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." [...]

Chris O'Dowd Adapting His Irish Sitcom 'Moone Boy' for ABC

Chris O'Dowd just sold a half-hour comedy to ABC. The Wrap reports that the network has given a put pilot commitment to the semi-autobiographical single-cam project Moone Boy, which will be adapted from O'Dowd's Irish sitcom of the same name from 2012. The show is described as a "quirky comedy" that follows "12-year-old Martin Moone and the sarcastic, imaginary friend (O'Dowd) who helps him navigate the challenges of his eccentric childhood." O'Dowd created, wrote, and starred in the original series and will serve as an executive producer on the adaptation; he's not yet attached to appear in the American version. Check out a trailer for the original series [...]

NBC Is Developing a 'Say Anything' Series, and Cameron Crowe Wants to Stop It

From Real Genius to Big to Problem Child, there have been a ton of movie-to-TV series in development these days, but yesterday's report that NBC was developing a single-cam series adaptation of Cameron Crowe's 1989 comedy Say Anything didn't go over well with the movie's original writer/director. According to the original Deadline report, NBC has given a script commitment to the follow-up series set a decade after the film written by Better Off Ted's Justin Adler and co-executive produced by Aaron Kaplan. After the news broke, Crowe and Say Anything star John Cusack were quick to address it on Twitter: "Regarding the announcement of a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Lena Dunham to Adapt and Possibly Direct the YA Novel 'Catherine, Called Birdy' for the Big Screen

Actor and author Lena Dunham has added another project with news that she plans to adapt Karen Cushman's 1994 YA novel Catherine, Called Birdy for the big screen. According to Variety, Dunham revealed the news at the New Yorker Festival on Friday: "I'm going to adapt it and hopefully direct it," she said. "I just need to find someone who wants to fund a PG-13 Medieval movie." Dunham will develop the film alongside Girls executive producer Jenni Konner through their production company A Casual Romance, which Dunham said is for "projects that sort of aren't set in the here and now." Here's how Dunham described the novel, [...]

Fox Is Developing a TV Adaptation of the 1988 Movie 'Big'

Proving that the future of television comedy will contain no more original ideas, Fox has gone and added yet another movie-to-TV remake to its lineup. Deadline reports that the network has given a script commitment to an adaptation of the 1988 comedy classic Big starring Tom Hanks from Enlisted executive producers Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce. The adaptation will be "an event series based on the movie that explores what it means to be an adult and what it means to be a kid — and how in today's world, those two things are more confused than ever." No cast has been announced yet for the project; Biegel [...]