EXCLUSIVE: Three decades after Remington Steele launched the career of Pierce Brosnan, the romantic comedy/drama procedural is getting a next-generation reboot, this time as a half-hour comedy. NBC, which aired the original hourlong series for five seasons between 1982-1987, has nabbed the sequel project from 20th Century Fox TV, which owns rights to the show via News Corp’s acquisition of Remington Steele producer MTM. Titled Remington Steele, the reboot follows Olivia Holt, the daughter of Remington Steele and Laura Holt, as she reopens the once-world-famous Remington Steele Detective Agency — only to fall into the same hilarious, action-packed, romantic entanglements of her parents. Jay Scherick and David Ronn are writing the script and Ruben Fleischer is set to direct the project, which has a script commitment plus penalty. The three are executive producing, with Fleischer’s executive Heather Petrigala as producer.
EXCLUSIVE: Jay Scherick and David Ronn, co-writers of Sony’s Smurfs feature franchise, are writing and executive producing another comedy for the studio, this time on the TV side. CBS has bought an untitled multi-camera comedy produced by Sony Pictures TV where Scherick and Ronn had a blind script deal. It centers on two very opposite brothers forced by circumstance to move their two very opposite families into the same house.
On the feature side, Scherick and Ronn co-wrote Sony Pictures Animation’s sleeper 2011 hit The Smurfs and co-wrote the sequel, set for release next year. They also have been tapped by the studio to script Popeye, a 3D animated adaptation of the comic book. ICM Partners-repped Scherick and Ronn started off in television as writers on Mr. Rhodes, Caroline In The City and Spin City before segueing to movies with Guess Who, Norbit and Zookeper.
BREAKING: Sony Pictures Animation has turned to its The Smurfs scribes, Jay Scherick & David Ronn, to script Popeye, the animated adaptation of the comic book. SPA and Avi Arad are producing Popeye, which will be a 3D stereoscopic effort. ”Scherick & Ronn have a remarkable talent in re-energizing beloved characters,” said Sony Pictures Digital Productions president Bob Osher. “As they demonstrated with The Smurfs, they embrace the iconic characteristics of these timeless characters and craft a story that really engages moviegoers today.” The scribes are already working on a Smurfs sequel, and they also wrote the original script for Baywatch. They are repped by ICM.
EXCLUSIVE: Jay Scherick and David Ronn, co-writers of the summer sleeper The Smurfs, are taking on another group of people in blue, this time live-action humans on television. After heated bidding, ABC has landed a single-camera ensemble workplace comedy from the veteran comedy writers, which is set at a police station. Sony Pictures Television, sister studio to Columbia Pictures, which produced and released The Smurfs, is producing the series project, which received a script commitment with penalty from ABC. Scherick and Ronn, who started off in TV with stints on such series as Caroline In the City and Spin City, have been focused on features over the past few years with such films as National Security, Guess Who, Norbit and this summer’s Zookeeper and The Smurfs.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has released a teaser for The Zookeeper, the Kevin James-starrer which will be one of the studio’s 2011 summer tent poles. The film was done as a co-production with MGM, but the early heavy lifting was done by former MGM picture chief Mary Parent, who paid $2 million for the Jay Scherick/David Ronn script and steered it through production. It should have been Parent’s first real swing for the fences, but the MGM uncertainty led it to be turned over for distribution by its SPE partners, who watched it and slotted it for summer, 2011.