Scot Armstrong, writer on such R-rated feature hits as Old School and The Hangover Part II, is taking on the 1990 PG comedy Problem Child. NBC has put in development a single-camera comedy adaptation of the Universal Pictures/Imagine feature that starred John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as a couple conned into adopting a troubled 7-year-boy who wreaks havoc in their lives and leaves a path of destruction anywhere he goes. The new Problem Child hails from Universal TV and Peter Traugott’s studio-based TBD Prods. Armstrong is executive producing with TBD’s Traugott and Rachel Kaplan.
Problem Child, on which the late Ritter met his future wife Yasbeck, was a hit, grossing $72 million on a $10 million budget and spawning two sequels. Watch trailer for the first movie above.
Armstrong will be translating the movie franchise into a series after successfully taking the opposite route with the Starsky & Hutch movie, which he co-wrote. Armstrong has a long history with Universal TV, where American Work — his company with Ravi Nandan — was based and produced several pilots and two series: Best Friends Forever and Animal Practice. The two currently exec produce the USA comedy series Playing House with BFF‘s Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair. On the feature side, Armstrong most recently co-wrote and directed the upcoming comedy Search Party. TBD is producing ABC’s new comedy series Manhattan Love Story.