'Friends With Benefits' lands at NBC

Project written by '(500) Days of Summer' scribes

Sixteen years after picking up a pilot about six single friends that would go on to become one of NBC's biggest series ever, the network once again is greenlighting a "Friends" comedy pilot, but these new friends come with benefits.

In a quick turnaround, NBC has picked up single-camera comedy pilot "Friends With Benefits," from 20th TV and Imagine TV.

The project written by "(500) Days of Summer" scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber and to be directed by "Wedding Crashers" helmer David Dobkin, was originally set up at ABC in September with a script commitment plus penalty.

After ABC passed on picking it up to pilot, 20th TV executives were able to secure a quick release. NBC immediately swooped in and greenlighted a pilot.

"Friends With Benefits" explores modern-day romance through the eyes of five friends each looking for "the one" but in the meantime settling for "friends with benefits."

Neustadter and Weber are executive producing with Brian Grazer and David Nevins.