Will Smith’s ‘Hitch’ TV Series in Development at FOX
For all the eye-rolling of TV's increased obsession with rebooting movies into loosely-related TV series, we have to admit when one seems reasonably built for the small screen. So agrees Will Smith apparently, who has begun developing a series based on 2005's 'Hitch,' with an eye to land on FOX in the near future.
For those incapable of remembering way back to the early 2000's, the original 'Hitch' saw Smith as a professional dating consultant who teaches men the best ways to woo their women, and starred Kevin James and Eva Mendes. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Smith would only produce the new series through Overbrook Entertainment, along with Sony Pictures TV. Overbrook had previously attempted to shop a 'Hitch' series with CBS and FOX in 2007 and 2010.
The new single-camera comedy adaptation would emerge as "a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics," its pilot to be written by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont. Jada Pinkett Smith will also executive produce, no doubt part of the flourishing FOX relationship that began with Batman prequel 'Gotham,' and continually makes us LOL week after week.
It's easy to say that TV has run out of ideas, or that the movie-TV reboot trend has reached a fever pitch, but with romantic comedies like NBC's 'A to Z' or ABC's 'Manhattan Love Story' flopping all around the tube, it isn't hard to imagine the appeal of something with a bit of brand recognition built in. We've included the original trailer below, but what say you? Would you be interested to see what the Smiths came up with for new 'hitch' TV series?