Bare shops redo of 'Green Acres'

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Veteran TV helmer Richard L. Bare, who directed all 168 episodes of CBS' 1960s sitcom "Green Acres," said he has acquired the rights to remake the series for TV from the widow of "Acres" creator Jay Sommers.

Bare is hoping that the classic TV series will appeal to the networks which are short of original material as the writers strike continues. Bare calls his timing going out with "Acres" during the writers strike "coincidental" but said that it helps his chances.

"Studios are going to be searching for properties that have been written and ready to go into production without upsetting WGA in any way," he said.

Bare said he already has a pilot written by veteran scribe William Justice Forbes that takes place a month after the 1971 finale of the series, which starred Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor as a New York attorney and his wife who try to live as genteel farmers in the bizarre community of Hooterville.

Bare also has scouted locations and has tapped veteran director Tom Logan to helm the pilot and casting director Pixie Monroe to find "lookalikes" of the original cast for the new version.

The "Green Acres" concept has been revisited several times over the years, most recently as a reality project Bunim-Murray developed for Fox in 2002. The syndication rights to the original series are owned by MGM.

Bare's Para-Scope Prods. is repped by attorney Francis Schwartz.
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