New Regency, Fox know ‘Best’

Studios set TV's 'Father' for bigscreen

New Regency and 20th Century Fox are teaming to turn the classic TV series “Father Knows Best” into a feature.

A rights deal has been closed, and Chad and Dara Creasey have been set to write the script. Gary Foster will produce.

The contemporized film will involve a father whose modern-day parenting displeases his more traditional father, who comes to live with the family. They clash over which father knows best.

Hollywood has long been attracted to the idea of making a film out of the series that starred Robert Young. “Father Knows Best” began on NBC radio in 1949, moved to TV in 1954 and ran until 1960, when Young called it quits even though the show was peaking in popularity.

Universal tried to make a film in 1994 with a script by “Brokeback Mountain” scribes Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, with Young serving as a consultant. That didn’t pan out, and the project was refashioned as a comedy in 2003 by Paramount and Nickelodeon, which once had Tim Allen attached to play the dad, with a script by Bob Hilgenberg and Rob Muir.

Foster, Fox and Regency spent the last eight months pulling together a rights deal that involved the estates of Young and of the show’s creators and producers.

Harold Berkowitz will be exec producer.

The Creaseys are the husband and wife scribe team who wrote “Aaron and Sarah,” a romantic comedy that David O. Russell will direct at Fox 2000.

WMA brokered the rights deal.

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