Bachelor Party, a half-hour comedy anthology series loosely inspired by the 1984 movie, has landed at ABC with a big put pilot commitment. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV, whose feature sibling produced the film, and two 20th TV-based companies, Jason Winer’s Small Dog Picture Co. and The Walcott Co., the shingle of New Girl star Jake Johnson and director Max Winkler.
Co-created by another New Girl duo, writer-producers JJ Philbin and Josh Malmuth, Bachelor Party examines relationships and the institution of marriage through the lens of three couples: one about to get married, another recently divorced and a third just falling in love. They experience the trial by fire that is the modern day, co-ed Bachelor/Bachelorette extravaganza. The series is envisioned as an anthology, with each season focusing on a different wedding party. Philbin is executive producing with Winer, Winkler, Johnson and Small Dog’s Renate Radford. Malmuth co-executive produces, with Walcott’s Mary Lee serving as producer.
With two directors among its executive producers, Winer and Winkler are set to alternate directing duties if the project goes to series. Schedule permitting, Winer will direct the pilot.
Neal Israel’s 1984 comedy Bachelor Party starred Tom Hanks as a groom-to-be at an epic bachelor party full of temptations. It spawned a straight-to-DVD 2008 sequel. Here is a trailer for the original:
This marks the second put pilot commitment for ICM Partners-repped Small Dog Pictures, along with comedy The One That Got Away, from Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger, at NBC.The company also has The Sound Of The Sumners, a musical family comedy from writer Peter Knight, at Fox with a script commitment plus a significant penalty.
Bachelor Party joins a slew of movie titles that are getting series treatment this season, including Rush Hour, Big, Monster-In-Law, Marley & Me, Minority Report, Real Genius, Problem Child, In Good Company and The Illusionist.