A while back we learned that one of my favorite movies of all time (yeah, I know… I have a lot) was coming to television. About A Boy, the 2002 Oscar-nominated film starring Hugh Grant and Toni Collette, is now officially in the works as a pilot. We have some casting news that I’m really excited about (mainly the Minnie Driver part), along with some more deets about the project. Click inside for more!
Complex has the story:
NBC is making a show out of Nick Hornby’s bestselling 1998 novel, About a Boy. They’ve already cast New Girl’s David Walton in the lead role of Will. Hugh Grant famously played that part in the 2002 movie.
Today the network announced Minnie Driver will play a “kooky” single mom, who lives next door (it was Toni Colette in the movie). Jon Favreau—who also directed last night’s episode of The Office—will direct the pilot, written by Jason Katims of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood.
Walton is pretty charming, we’ll admit, but we’re not sure it’s even possible to out-charm Hugh Grant. This is also Driver’s third pilot in three years, so here’s hoping this one sticks.
It sounds like they have some really good names attached to this project and I’m psyched! I really hope the pilot is strong enough to result in a series. As I said earlier when we got that news about the Sarah Michelle Gellar/Robin Williams show, I was just watching Good Will Hunting this week, and Minnie Driver just never gets old.
Who else is into this one?0