Back in October, we brought you the news that NBC was developing a TV series adaptation of the 1986 Richard Benjamin comedy film 'The Money Pit.' In January, NBC took the next step, officially granting the project a pilot order.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on what you thought of the idea), the Peacock has decided to abandon the project, at least for now. This decision is primarily attributable to difficulties producers encountered when it came time to cast the two leads. It would appear that the comedic chemistry of Tom Hanks and Shelley Long has proven tougher to duplicate than NBC expected.
For those too young to remember, 'The Money Pit' film starred Hanks and 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 with a production budget of only $10 million.
The film's production duo of Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment were also behind the development of the pilot, and 'The Office's Justin Spitzer was onboard to write and executive produce.
This marks the second NBC comedy pilot to get shelved for casting reasons recently, the other being an ensemble sitcom project called 'Fifth Wheel.' Despite this, NBC is in no danger of running low on potential new comedies any time soon, having previously ordered 14 for next season.