Fox has closed a deal to develop Gavin & Stacey, an adaptation of the 2007 British romantic comedy series. The script will be written by David Rosen, creator/executive producer of the MTV cult comedy I Just Want My Pants Back, which also was based on source material — a book. BBC Worldwide Prods. and Sony Pictures TV are producing with the company behind the UK series, Baby Cow Prods. The original series, created by James Corden and Ruth Jones, chronicled the long-distance relationship between a man from England (Matthew Horne) and a woman from Wales (Joanna Page) who start off talking on the phone. They eventually decide to meet, and hit it off — but must navigate their eccentric families and friends (watch a clip below). It ran for three seasons plus a Christmas special and aired in the U.S. on BBC America.
The Fox version of Gavin & Stacey focuses on the key life moments of the title characters who try to maintain their relationship while combining their polarizing families’ lives. Rosen is executive producing with BBC Worldwide Prods’ Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, Corden, Jones and Baby Cow’s Henry Normal.
This the second stab by a U.S. network to develop an adaptation of Gavin & Stacey. ABC tried it during the 2009-10 development season with Stacy Traub and Hayes Jackson as writers.