‘Hitch’ Comedy Series In Works At Fox

Fox has put in development Hitch, a half-hour series inspired by Will Smith’s hit 2005 feature romantic comedy. The single-camera project hails from Will Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment, which produced the movie with Sony’s Columbia Pictures, and Sony Pictures TV.

Fox LogoDeborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Made Of Honor) will write the series adaptation, a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics. They will executive produce with Overbrook’s Smith, Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett.

The movie, which starred Smith as a date doctor and featured a standout performance by Kevin James, was a blockbuster, grossing almost $370 million. Overbrook and Sony TV previously took a stab at adapting Hitch to series in 2007 and 2010 with different writers. The half-hour and hourlong projects were set up at CBS and Fox, respectively.

This is Kaplan and Elfont’s second sale this season. The duo, repped by CAA and Management 360, also are writing/executive producing Tuned, a single-camera musical comedy at NBC starring Zachary Levi and produced by Eva Longoria.

Hitch 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, Bachelor Party, In Good Company and The Illusionist.

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  1. Focuson Oct 22, 2014 4:34 pm

    Bring back Kevin Reilly

    • Snarknadoon Oct 22, 2014 4:40 pm

      Every announcement is like a parody of development.

    • Trenton Oct 22, 2014 4:50 pm

      Who do you think put this in development last time?

  2. AgentXon Oct 22, 2014 4:43 pm

    OK – I give up. Clearly every single friggin pilot next season if going to be either a remake of an old series, or based on an old cheesy film. Lame and depressing at the same time – but I will move a place of acceptance and just get on with it. I’ve got my streaming ready, my roku stick in hand – and a bucket of gluten free organic non gmo air popped chia seed popcorn ready to go.

    • lsbon Oct 22, 2014 5:41 pm

      That’s because Hollywood writers and networks have run out of ideas, they are even turning to South Korea for ideas, Good Doctor (CBS, Korean Broadcasting System, KBS) Nine, Nine Time Travels (ABC, tvN) My Love From Another Star (ABC, Seoul Broadcasting System SBS), all of these PLUS remakes of 40 year old TV series, Even The Courtship of Eddies Father. WOW how low can Hollywood go.

      • terrenceon Oct 22, 2014 7:06 pm

        Hollywood hasn’t run out of ideas. There are still plenty of great ones out there. Development executives are lazy and lack the ability to merge creativity with business.

      • Khartoomon Oct 22, 2014 9:09 pm

        Actually, there’s a better chance the exec will save their job if they say “it was from a proven source” when it fails, as opposed to having the guts to risk green lighting something original.

      • Sheldon W.on Oct 22, 2014 9:57 pm

        When the original shows are pretty good (like My Love From Another Star – which plays all kinds of stereotypes and genre tropes for fun), one kinda hopes the North American take will work – like All In The Family.

        How often does it work like that? Infrequently enough that just the news of such an adaptation – no matter how cool the original premise (and I saw Hitch – it’s not a cool, or even really fun, movie) – makes me cringe.

        Like now.

      • Geniouson Oct 23, 2014 12:58 am

        Don’t blame the writers. The thing that is being told to writers is to NEVER refer to your work as ‘original’ or ‘fresh’ or ‘groundbreaking’ if it’s being pitched to any of the 4 major networks because even they will say ‘We don’t want original ideas’ and then ask you to describe using 2 examples of hits. Like ‘It’s Seinfeld meets Sharknado’ or ‘It’s Will & Grace meets Dexter’. But in the end, who cares because who REALLY cares about network shows anymore? Sure… they’re still around, but is there anything you’ll miss when it’s gone?

  3. you've got to be kidding meon Oct 22, 2014 4:51 pm


  4. on Oct 22, 2014 4:54 pm

    When none of these go to series or the ones that do are cancelled, there will be a two year reprieve from this shit. So theres that.

    • Al'non Oct 23, 2014 9:06 am

      Fingers crossed.

  5. Roddricon Oct 22, 2014 4:58 pm

    I could see Corbin Bleu, Lance Gross, Robert Ri’chard, Mehcad Brooks, or Terrence Colby Clemons easily getting the lead to this project.

  6. Artist in Residenceon Oct 22, 2014 4:59 pm

    Call it Hutch, have the story surround a misguided antique dealer who tries to pair up forgotten pieces of furniture, then slap it on HGTV. Otherwise, no thanks!

    • Vinceon Oct 23, 2014 7:42 am

      I was hoping for a moment you saw “Hutch” as a comeback vehicle for David Soul

  7. Hitch Cockon Oct 22, 2014 5:54 pm

    Third time’s the charm! What failed in 2007 and 2011 is certain to be a hit in 2015!

  8. on Oct 22, 2014 6:03 pm

    I could see Corbin Bleu, Mehcad Brooks, Terrence Colby Clemons, Lance Gross, or Robert Ri’chard easily playing the lead in this project.

  9. fluffoon Oct 22, 2014 7:37 pm

    God make it stop.

  10. on Oct 22, 2014 8:49 pm

    As a struggling writer just wishing I could get my ORIGINAL material in front of someone, this type of news is underwhelming and a little disheartening. God forbid if someone in this town actually gave someone on the outside a chance. Yes, I’m bitching, but not giving up.

    • chaysecoyon Oct 22, 2014 11:47 pm

      I know it’s frustrating, but don’t give up. Just remember, at some point, every one of these writers were on the outside looking in…just as you are now. Be happy for those who finally got their shot and know that if you keep pushing forward, you’ll get yours too.

  11. a personon Oct 22, 2014 10:30 pm

    I can’t wait for Matt LeBlanc to go out for the Kevin James part on Episodes.

  12. Harry Limeon Oct 22, 2014 11:52 pm

    Where is Andy Tennant who Directed the film to its success? Did Will forget about him?

  13. Bobby the sainton Oct 23, 2014 1:27 am

    This story mentions everyone involved in the original HITCH but the key person from which the solid premise was birthed: Kevin Bisch, the screenwriter of the blockbuster film. Beyond being surprised he was not mentioned here I wonder what the heck happened to his writing career. He vanished after HITCH…

  14. Ianon Oct 23, 2014 2:26 pm

    FOX, please bring back FATRICK!!!