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Ben Stiller Reviving 'Reality Bites' as NBC Comedy

The network is developing a scripted comedy from original screenwriter Helen Childress.

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Reality Bites may be coming to the small screen.

The 1994 cult comedy that gave a voice to Generation X's college graduates is being reimagined at NBC, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Helen Childress, who wrote the screenplay for the romantic dramedy, is on board to pen the script for the reboot, which has landed a script commitment from the network. Ben Stiller, who co-starred in the film -- his directorial debut -- is attached to executive produce via his Red Hour banner.

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Reality Bites 2.0 is based on the film and revolves around a recent college graduate named Lelaina Pierce as she struggles to find her way romantically and professionally in the recession-plagued, pre-Internet early 1990s. In the show, set in Houston, Lelaina with her video camera will chronicle the lives of her "slacker" friends with whom she shares an apartment.

Red Hour's Stiller, Debbie Liebling and Stuart Cornfeld will executive produce the Universal Television entry alongside Double Feature Films' Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg, who also produced the Ethan Hawke/Winona Ryder/Janeane Garofalo/Steve Zahn starrer.

Ryder played Lelaina in the original film, which hailed from Universal Pictures and grossed
$33 million worldwide.

Childress is repped by Original Artists; Red Hour is with WME.

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