Fox To Make ‘Hitch’ Into A Television Series

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Hitch TV Show Fox To Make Hitch Into A Television Series

Plays become movies, which become television series, which are adapted into graphic novels, which then become movies again. It’s hard to keep the origins of some properties straight these days.

In one of the latest property cross-pollination moves, Fox has landed the rights to develop the 2005 Will Smith romantic comedy, Hitch, into a television series.

Fox won the rights after a bidding war with several other networks. The deal comes from Will Smith and James Lassiter’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment, which produced the original movie in a partnership with Sony’s Columbia Pictures.

Sony Pictures TV and Overbrook will produce and Pete Chiarelli, screenwriter of The Proposal will write. This is a second attempt at a television adaptation of Hitch. Overbrook and Sony TV developed a half-hour comedy version with CBS three seasons ago. This go-round the project will reportedly be an “action-packed one hour.”

For those who don’t remember, Hitch was the story of a self-described “date doctor” (Smith) in New York City who met his match in a beautiful and elusive gossip columnist played by Eva Mendes. Hitch actually makes a lot of sense as a television series. It has an inherent structure that is easily serialized — the dating drama of the week. It also offers an over-arching storyline with the date doctor’s attempts to win the affections of the one woman who, in the series (one would guess), wants nothing to do with him, or has him firmly planted in “the friend zone.”

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The networks and studios are consistently looking to re-purpose established brands, franchises, and properties that have a previously proven record of success. As much as we, the audience, may crave original content, we are often more likely to pay for, or tune into, what we already know. Until that changes, we will likely see more of the same.

In uncertain times, executives are likely looking for what is as close to a sure thing as possible. Ultimately, everything comes down to execution. If Buffy The Vampire Slayer had been in the hands of someone other than Joss Whedon, the man who had originally conceived the story, it would have been a very different show.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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  1. Wow. I love that movie,it would make a great show!

  2. Didn’t Cupid already address such an idea? And that was a show made twice and discontinued both times, though it was pretty good but kinda mushy.

    The only difference between this and Cupid is the main lead won’t be the Self-Proclaimed God of Love, but maybe some good publicity from the movie might keep it on air for a while.

  3. Ok so I don’t like romantic comedies so I never saw this movie so I guess I won’t watch this either

      • Come on, guys – for a romantic comedy Hitch was a cute movie.


        • ok ok Vic…i just really cannot stand Kevin James..i find him unfunny and just annoying. ive always liked Will Smith though

        • Actually Vic I’m gonna agree with you here. Though honestly I enjoy a good Rom Com every now and again. I enjoyed Hitch and I really liked The Proposal as well. I don’t know about a TV show, but the film worked for me didn’t hurt that it had Smith in it.

    • Hitch was actually a good movie to be honest and i aint a fan of romantic comedies

  4. Romantic comedies are so fun to watch..

  5. Hitch was great thanks to Will Smith and Kevin James. Awesome and hilarious performances by both. I’m proud to say I own this movie on DVD.

    • im saddened that you admitted that lol

      • Uh im proud to own that movie too,kevin james is funny as hell…

  6. nothing against it
    but this for sure is gonna get canceled.
    im just saying

  7. I am actually very excited. I thought the movie was hilarious and cannot wait to see the series. I am so excited.

  8. I want to see the series. I hope it is just as good.

  9. When will this be airing????