'My Best Friend's Wedding' TV Follow-Up Set at ABC (Exclusive)

Ron Bass, who wrote the screenplay to the 1997 Julia Roberts starrer, will adapt the film as a comedy.
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"My Best Friend's Wedding"

ABC is sending in its RSVP for My Best Friend's Wedding.

The network is teaming with the producers behind the 1997 Julia Roberts starrer for a half-hour TV sequel series to the film, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. ABC has handed out a script plus penalty for the single-camera half-hour comedy.

Academy Award winner Ron Bass (Rain Man) — who penned the feature — will write the script alongside Jessica Amento. Bass and the film's Jerry Zucker and Janet Zucker will executive produce alongside Mike Menchel. The comedy will be produced via Sony Pictures Television and Adam Sandler and Doug Robinson's studio-based Happy Madison Television (ABC's The Goldbergs).

ABC's Wedding picks up where the movie left off and centers on Julianne Potter (originally played by Roberts) navigating her life in New York City, with best friend George (played by Rupert Everett in the movie) as her guide.

Wedding becomes the latest intellectual property to get the reboot treatment this development season. Key to the process is having the original producers involved, which is the case here. The film, produced by Sony's TriStar Pictures, grossed nearly $300 million worldwide with a budget of $38 million.

For ABC, Wedding becomes the latest reboot in the works this season. The network is also developing a female-fronted take on Fantasy Island. Remakes continue to be in high demand again this development season as broadcast networks look for IP and proven brands in a bid to cut through the increasing clutter. CBS is rebooting Nancy Drew, MacGyverTraining Day and H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. MoreauFox is readying Behind Enemy Lines; The CW is prepping The Notebook and Friday the 13th; NBC has Hart to Hart; and studio 20th Century Fox Television is shopping a reboot of The A-Team, while Norman Lear is rebooting One Day at a Time (though there is no network yet attached). Fox also has revivals of The X-Files and Prison Break in the works after recently rebooting 24.

This season's reboots and revivals have debuted to mixed reactions. Fox's Minority Report has faltered in its early episodes and had its episode order trimmed to 10; NBC's Heroes had a modest debut, while CBS found early success with Bradley Cooper's Limitless follow-up. Additional revival series based on Rush Hour (CBS) and Uncle Buck (ABC) are due later this season.

Bass is repped by ICM Partners, Relevant Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman; Amento is with The Gotham Group.

For Happy Madison's part, the SPT-based company last development season took on another movie, Real Genius, for NBC. The company is also behind Crackle's digital follow-up to Joe Dirt.

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