12:00pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Michael Showalter and Nahnatchka Khan Team for 'Revival' Comedy at Fox
Fox has a new revival in the works — but there's a big twist.
The network has given a put-pilot commitment to Revival, a single-camera comedy produced by The Big Sick director Michael Showalter and Fresh Off the Boat creator Nahnatchka Khan.
A fresh take on the recent reboot trend on TV, the half-hour centers on Elliot, formerly the little kid from a beloved '80s family sitcom and now living a normal life, who reluctantly gets sucked back into the show's revival with his old TV family.
Sally Bradford McKenna (Son of Zorn) will pen the pilot, with Showalter attached to direct. The two will exec produce with Khan, Chris McKenna and Khan's producing partner Mandy Summers.
Khan's Fierce Baby Productions will produce in association with 20th Century Fox Television, where both Khan and Bradford McKenna have deals. (The duo worked together on a high-concept workplace comedy for Fox last year.)
Revival is one of the first comedies in development at the studio for the 2018-19 season. Fox also has vampire drama The Passage, based on the book series of the same name, which was rolled over from last development season.
Fox, like a plethora of other networks and streaming platforms, has found success with revival projects as networks look to familiar IP as a way to break out in the crowded era of Peak TV. Fox's The X-Files will return to the network for a new batch of episodes in 2018 (and the network is also in early talks for a King of the Hill revival). NBC has the upcoming Will & Grace revival, which has already been renewed for a second season, and Netflix has played host to revivals for Gilmore Girls and former Fox critical darling Arrested Development, among others.
Showalter is fresh off the success of the Judd Apatow-produced romantic comedy The Big Sick, which so far has grossed more than $36 million at the box office. Showalter also knows a thing or two about revival projects, having written and starred in both seasons of Netflix's revival of Wet Hot American Summer. The most recent edition launched earlier this month. Showalter, whose other directing credits include Hello, My Name Is Doris and TBS' Search Party, is repped by UTA, Principato Young Entertainment and Stone Genow.
The WME-repped Khan is heading into the fourth season of ABC's Fresh Off the Boat.
Bradford McKenna, whose credits also include The Grinder and The Goldbergs, is repped by UTA and attorney David Matlof.