Farrellys get 'Stupid' for NBC

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Filmmakers Peter and Bobby Farrelly have partnered with Reveille's Ben Silverman to develop a stateside adaptation of the BBC 3 comedy "I'm With Stupid" for NBC and NBC Universal Television Studio.

The half-hour single-camera comedy project centers on a down-and-out guy who befriends a wheelchair-bound young man and winds up moving into his group home for the disabled. The show is described as exploring disability in a truthful and humorous way. The pilot for the BBC 3 original earned kudos in Britain last year for its multidimensional portrayal of people with disabilities. "Stupid" was scheduled to begin its first multiepisode run Sunday on BBC 3.

Peter Farrelly is set to direct the pilot, and both brothers will executive produce the pilot through their Conundrum Entertainment along with Conundrum's Bradley Thomas, Silverman and Kenton North, an exec producer on the British series. Former "Friends" scribe Wil Calhoun has signed on to pen the pilot and also exec produce.

BBC Worldwide has a first-look deal with Sony Pictures TV, but "Stupid" was developed outside of that deal through a first-look pact Silverman's Reveille has with NBC Universal TV Studio.

Known for outrageous, high-concept comedies, the Farrelly brothers' most recent feature credits include last year's "Fever Pitch" and 2003's "Stuck on You." Silverman is riding high as the producer who spearheaded the U.S. remakes of "The Office," which earned the Emmy for best comedy series for NBC in August, and ABC's promising newcomer "Ugly Betty," an adaptation of the hit Colombian telenovela.
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