Moone Boy, an U.S. adaptation of Chris O’Dowd’s quirky Irish comedy, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. Sony Pictures TV is producing. Based on O’ Dowd’s semi-autobiographical sitcom, Moone Boy focuses on 12-year-old Martin Moone and the sarcastic, imaginary friend who helps him navigate the challenges of his eccentric childhood. O’Dowd will pen the single-camera remake and will executive produce with 3 Arts’ Dave Becky & Nick Frenkel, Sprout Pictures Limited, Baby Cow Productions & Hot Cod Productions Limited.
O’Dowd created, co-wrote (with Nick Vincent Murphy), and co-starred in Moone Boy on British satcaster Sky. He is not attached to act in the remake. The UK series, which won an International Emmy for best comedy last year, debuted in 2012 and began airing this fall on various PBS stations in the U.S. It also is steamed on Hulu. Here is a trailer:
O’Dowd, repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Gordon and French in the UK, recently starred in Christopher Guest’s BBC/HBO comedy Family Tree will next be seen alongside James Franco in the first National Theatre Live telecast of the Broadway production of Of Mice and Men on November 6. Sprout Pictures Limited and Baby Cow Prods were repped in the deal by CAA.