October 03, 2012 1:01pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Julia Roberts Producing 'The Taming of the Shrew' For ABC
Julia Roberts is bringing The Taming of the Shrew to TV -- sort of.
A half-hour comedy of the same name, which references William Shakespeare's play in name alone, just sold to ABC. The actress' Red Om Films, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas of 3 Arts and ABC Studios are producing the workplace laugher, which follows a horrible boss and the employees trying to reign her in.
Marc Hyman (Meet the Fockers) wrote the script, and Roberts and Goldsmith-Thomas are both serving as executive producers. The project marks another in a long line of collaborations for the women, who first worked together when Goldsmith-Thomas was Roberts' agent at ICM in the early '90s.
While Goldsmith-Thomas was at Revolution Studios East, she and Roberts produced two films based on the American Girl series and CBS' short-lived dramedy Queens Supreme with Aaron Spelling.
Goldsmith-Thomas joined 3 Arts after last fall's development season, where she now serves as manager-producer.