'Hitch' TV Remake in the Works at Fox

Hitch: $368,100,420 (Lifetime Worldwide Grosses)

Will Smith’s romantic comedy opened on Feb. 11, 2005, and grossed over $43 million in its opening weekend. In the movie, Smith plays a “date doctor” that attempts to help his blundering friend (Kevin James) find love, while he attempts to romance a gossip columnist (Eva Mendes) that is unwittingly trying to unearth the secret identity of Smith’s character.    

The year of the remake continues.

Fox is developing a half-hour comedy based on the Will Smith feature film Hitch, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The network has handed out a script commitment to the comedy. 

Inspired by the 2005 movie about a professional date doctor, Smith's Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television will exec produce. The single-camera comedy is being written by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Made of Honor). Smith, JadaPinkett Smith and Overbrook's James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett will exec produce the new Hitch, which is described as a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics. 

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Hitch was released in 2005 and grossed nearly $370 million. SPT and Overbrook previously toyed with rebooting the project for TV in 2007 and 2010 with different writers at CBS and Fox. Neither moved forward. 

Hitch joins a rapidly growing list of remakes in the works this development season as networks look to cut through the clutter in an increasingly competitive scripted landscape. Key to the remakes is having the original producers on board — something 20th TV learned with its planned Say Anything reboot. While the studio's parent company owns the rights to the feature, the original producers were not involved. The studio legally could have moved forward without their consent but ultimately opted to scrap the TV follow-up. 

Meanwhile, Fox is also reviving Big and Monster-in-Law; CBS is tackling Rush Hour and In Good Company, CW is plotting The Illusionist, and Showtime and MGM TV are rebooting In the Heat of the Night, to name a few. Fox also has a comedy based on Jennifer Lopez-starrer Monster-In-Law and another small-screen adaptation of Bewitched — from SPT — is set up at NBC, which also is also developing adaptations of Marley & MeProblem Child and The Money Pit.

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