ABC wins bid for rights to hit summer pic
ABC has won the bidding for the rights to turn the suprise hit summer pic “Legally Blonde” into a sitcom.
Alphabet is putting the finishing touches on a put pilot commitment to the project, which will be exec produced by Marc Platt though MGM and Touchstone Television for fall 2002.
Platt produced the MGM film, which starred Reese Witherspoon as a ditzy blonde who enrolls at Harvard to win back a boyfriend but actually flourishes in law school. After the film turned in a domestic gross of $93 million, Platt began toying with the idea of a series transfer.
The producer, who is based at Universal for features but has a television deal with Touchstone, began shopping the concept recently. Deal was also a priority for MGM Television Entertainment prexy Hank Cohen, who had been mulling a series spinoff of the pic since August (Daily Variety, Aug. 8.)
It’s unclear whether a Touchstone scribe or another writer will come on board with Platt as an exec producer.
“Legally Blonde” will become the first significant acquisition by new ABC comedy head Julie Glucksman, who joined the Alphabet from Tall Trees, the feature partnership between Betty Thomas and Jenno Topping.