EXCLUSIVE: Producers Mark Gordon, who is behind ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and CBS’ Criminal Minds, and Jason Blum, who is fresh off two hot movie openers with Sinister and Paranormal Activity 4, have teamed to executive produce half-hour comedy My Korean Deli for ABC. The project, produced by ABC Studios, studio-based Mark Gordon Co. and Blum’s Blumhouse, is based on the Ben Ryder Howe’s book. Geoff Moore and David Posamentier will write the adaptation, which tells the story of an American man who buys a deli for his wife’s Korean parents and now has to try to find the balance between his new job, his wife, and his overbearing in-laws. Mark Gordon Co.’s Gordon and Andrea Shay executive produce with Blum. Gerard Bacaccio oversees Blumhouse’s TV division.
Moore and Posamentier are currently in post on their directorial debut off their 2010 Black List script Better Living Through Chemistry starring Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Monaghan. They are repped by Verve and Kaplan/Perrone.
This marks Blum’s return to ABC and ABC Studios, where he made his TV producing debut with last season’s drama River. Blum is one of the hottest feature producers at the moment with his string of microbudget horror hits Paranormal Activity, Insidious and Sinister. He is with CAA and Marc Von Arx.
My Korean Deli brings the sales tally for ICM Partners-repped Mark Gordon Co. to nine projects this season: comedies My Korean Deli and Dirty Girls at ABC and Spinsters at NBC as well as dramas Sex Diaries, Pros & Cons, Gothica, Vain and an untitled family drama at ABC and Darkness Falls at CBS.
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