We've seen a lot of films get turned into TV series as of late. While the practice began decades ago with hits like 'M*A*S*H*,' the last year or so has brought us a veritable ton of new movie-to-show adaptations. However, one genre we haven't seen much done with lately is the comedy. Shows based on horror films ('Bates Motel,' 'Hannibal,'), crime stories ('Fargo'), fantasy tales ('The Wizard of Oz' x4), thrillers ('Outbreak'), and even action franchises ('Rambo') are all headed to or have already reached the small screen, but comedies have been oddly absent from the radar. That is, until now.
According to Deadline, NBC is developing a series adaptation of the 1986 comedy 'The Money Pit.' Directed by Richard Benjamin (who is better known for his acting career), the film starred Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as a young couple who get suckered into buying a home that begins to fall apart shortly after they seal the deal. The movie received decidedly mixed reviews from critics, but did quite well at the box office, earning nearly 55 million dollars with a production budget of only 10 million.
Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television is co-producing the series along with Universal Television. Amblin and Universal both produced the movie as well. Also on board is former 'Office' writer and producer Justin Spitzer, who will both write and co-executive produce this new project.
It's been many years since I saw 'The Money Pit,' but this really doesn't strike me as a great idea for an ongoing TV series. Then again, you never know what will end up becoming a success. Who do you think should be cast in the lead roles?