We’ve been hearing a lot of interesting news about in-the-works television shows lately. The Thomas Edison crime drama still sounds crazy cool to me, and I cannot wait to see what happens with that Fargo adaptation. Now another one of my favorite films is turning into a series, the 2002 Oscar-nominated film About A Boy. If you remember, the original movie starred Hugh Grant and the incomparable Toni Collette, and it was all things hilarious and emotional and everything. Click inside to read new deets on the forthcoming television show.
Complex has the story:
If you’ve ever found yourself wishing there was a comedy TV series based on the critically claimed Hugh Grant-starring 2002 film About a Boy – which in itself is based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name – you’re in luck, because Parenthood executive producer Jason Katims has heard your pleas. According to Deadline, Katims is developing a single-camera comedy series based on the film and book, and it’s just been bought by NBC. The series will reportedly focus on the “relationship between a bachelor man-child and the young boy who moves in next door with his kooky single mother.”
This is apparently the second attempt at developing a show based on the About a Boy concept – in 2003,Fox ordered a presentation of a series starring Patrick Dempsey that was based on the film.
So here’s hoping this second attempt at an About A Boy series really takes off! I would love, love to see more of those characters, although it will obviously be very different without Hugh, Toni, and Nicholas Hoult (the actor who played the little boy… who is no longer a little boy… at all). Still, Jason Katims is an Emmy-award winning writer so here’s hoping they keep much of the energy and humor of the original movie and get some capable actors to tackle the material. This could be sooo awesome!
Who’s excited for this to happen? And who needs a refresher course on units of time?