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NBC is looking for a problem child.
The network has handed out a script commitment for a remake of 1990 feature film Problem Child, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
From writer Scot Armstrong (The Hangover II, Old School), the half-hour single-camera comedy is based on the John Ritter pic of the same name and centers on every parent’s worst nightmare: a problem child. Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan will executive produce alongside Armstrong via their Universal Television-based TBD Productions.
The original movie starred Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as a couple who adopt problem child Junior (played by Michael Oliver), a prankster who previously had been adopted and brought back to the orphanage 30 times. Gilbert Gottfried and Michael Richards co-starred in the Universal Pictures feature that was written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski and produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Robert Simonds, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. The movie spawned spinoffs in 1991 and 1995 and an animated series that aired on USA Network for two seasons in 1993 and 1994. (Hulu currently has the first 13 episodes.)
For Traugott and Kaplan, Problem Child marks their first sale of the season. Last year, Traugott’s TBD banner had three projects go to pilot: ABC’s Manhattan Love Story, which went to series; NBC’s Life Saver; and ABC’s Exposed. Their credits also include former series Do No Harm, Ringer and Samantha Who.
This marks the second year in a row that NBC has looked to a Universal feature for comedy. Last year, the network went to pilot on a remake of Tom Hanks and Shelley Long‘s The Money Pit, and ultimately pushed the multicamera comedy to the upcoming 2015-16 pilot season.
Problem Child comes as family comedies continue to be in high demand this development season: ABC is moving forward with its Chevy Chase–Beverly D’Angelo comedy; NBC has a shared housing family entry from Parenthood‘s Jason Katims; Sony Pictures Television is shopping a spinoff of 1990s staple Married … With Children; and Netflix is eyeing a follow-up to Full House; among other projects.
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