'Friends' star Matthew Perry might have another hit on his hands, as he is developing a remake of the classic 1970s television series 'The Odd Couple.'
Deadline reports that Perry will executive produce, co-write, and star in the multi-camera comedy project, which has received a script commitment plus penalty from CBS. Perry will share writing duties with comedy veteran Danny Jacobson, with whom Perry has previously worked on 'Mad About You.'
Perry has been a familiar face on TV screens since 'Friends' ended in 2004, but he has yet to find another hit. Of the shows he's helmed since 'Friends'; 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,' 'Mr. Sunshine,' and 'Go On,' have all been cancelled before reaching a second season. But Perry is a great comedic actor, and fans are anxious for him to stick around on a successful show.
Perry will play the messier half of the mismatched pair of roommates, Oscar Madison. The search is on for counterpart Felix Ungar, but maybe they'll choose Matt LeBlanc, as he and Perry have already proven their chemistry as roommates.
The original 'Odd Couple' TV series aired from 1970-1975, and starred Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. Prior to the television adaptation, there was the Neil Simon play on Broadway, starring Walter Matthau and Art Carney, followed by a feature film and its sequel, both starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.
This 'Odd Couple' project is a dream come true for Perry: "Ever since seeing the movie 'The Odd Couple' when I was 10 years old, it has been a dream for me to play Oscar Madison." He continued, "To be given the opportunity to develop a modern version of it for CBS has put a permanent smile across my face."