CBS continues to mine the nostalgia craze, ordering up new telepics based on classic skeins “I Love Lucy” and “Batman.”
Other Eye longform projects announced Wednesday at the net’s upfront presentation here include a telepic about the Enron scandal, the race to land on the moon and a live thriller based on a play from scribe Ira Levin (“Rosemary’s Baby”).
Storyline Entertainment’s Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will exec produce the tentatively titled “I Love Lucy Movie,” a two-hour look at the behind-the-scenes relationship between Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and how it affected “I Love Lucy.” Duo already is producing the Jerry Lewis/Dean Martin telepic for the Eye (Daily Variety, April 29).
Holy reunion, Batman!
“Back to the Batcave: The True Adventures of Adam West and Burt Ward” will reunite the stars of the classic 1960s comicbook skein in a comedy about the creation of the “Batman” series. Paul Kaufman, who produced this season’s surprise success “Surviving Gilligan’s Island,” is on board to exec produce the “Batcave” telepic.
Eye already had confirmed plans for a Jackie Gleason biopic, starring Brad Garrett as the Great One, and a new take on tuner “Once Upon a Mattress” starring Carol Burnett.
Meanwhile, ABC on Tuesday said it would produce an installment in the “Home Alone” franchise for “The Wonderful World of Disney.”