IP rules in TV development nowadays, with inspiration coming from everywhere, including the home organization section in a bookstore. NBC is developing The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, a half-hour comedy from Burning Love creator Erica Oyama and veteran Greg Malins. The project, from Gail Berman’s The Jackal Group (Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life), is based on The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, the #1 New York Times best-selling guide to home decluttering from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo.
Written by Oyama, who is of Japanese descent, with Malin supervising, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up centers on a young woman in a moment of crisis who attempts to get her messy life in order. Oyama, Malins and Berman executive produce. 20th Century Fox TV, where Malins is under an overall deal, is the studio.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up has sold over 3 million copies worldwide and has held the #1 position in its category on the New York Times Best Sellers list for 50 consecutive weeks, with Kondo named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” of 2015.
Oyama recently was tapped to write comedy feature Schooled for Universal Pictures and Amy Poehler’s Paperkite Productions. She also wrote the first draft of White Girl Problems at Lionsgate. With her husband Ken Marino, Oyama wrote Me Time at Universal with Will Packer producing, Go the F to Sleep at Fox 2000 with Karen Rosenfelt producing and True Freshman at Fox with 21 Laps producing. Oyama is repped by Paradigm and Principato-Young Entertainment. Malins is repped by WME.
The Jackal Group also has Josh Schwartz’s horror dramedy Horrorstör — like The Life-Changing Magic based on a book — set up at Fox with a put pilot commitment. Additionally, the company has comedy Housesitters, starring and executive produced by Michael Bolton, in the works at ABC and it is behind Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show remake.