Fox is taking a swing at “The Tournament,” pacting with Thomas Schlamme to develop a U.S. version of the Canadian comedy.
Laffer will follow a youth baseball team through the course of a single season. Original CBC skein, which aired last spring on U.S. cabler Versus (nee OLN), used a mockumentary style to chronicle the adventures of an athletically challenged youth hockey team and its underdog bid to qualify for the championship tournament.
Howard Busgang, Howard Nemetz and Marty Putz — three of the people behind the original “Tournament” — will write and exec produce the Fox version. Schlamme will exec produce via his Warner Bros. TV-based Shoe Money Prods.
CBC has produced two seasons of “The Tournament.” Fox has given a script commitment to the project.