Jon Favreau to direct 'About A Boy' pilot

Fresh off helming the series premiere of NBC's post-apocalyptic drama "Revolution," feature director Jon Favreau has a new project lined up with the network.

Jon Favreau

Favreau is set to direct the pilot for NBC's "About A Boy" series, an adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel of the same name. The adaptation is under the guidance of "Parenthood" and "Friday Night Lights" executive producer Jason Katims. The Emmy winner will write and executive produce the pilot.

Viewers may be familiar with the 2002 film adaptation which starred Hugh Grant as the bachelor man-child who fosters an unlikely friendship with a social outcast of a young boy looking for a place to fit in. It was arguably one of the best films of 2002, and certainly seems well-suited for the television series treatment.

Favreau of course is perhaps best known for his feature work, including Marvel's "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2", as well as his screenwriting efforts like "Made" and "Swingers".

Believe it or not, this will actually be the second attempt to turn the book into a television series, as Fox and "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" director Ken Kwapis shot a pilot soon after the film's success in 2003 with "Grey's Anatomy" star Patrick Dempsey in the lead role. There are just... so many missteps in the previous sentence, but under Katims and Favreau's guidance, "About A Boy" could be one to keep an eye on.

- Friday Night Lights
- Parenthood (2010)
- Jason Katims
- Jon Favreau

Written by: kyleiam
Jan 31st, 2013, 8:45 am

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