Paramount Pictures has tapped the writing team of Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield to script its contempo version of “The Honeymooners.”
Project, produced by David Friendly’s Deep River Prods., has been in development since last year, when the studio and Deep River acquired screen rights to the series from CBS. Cedric the Entertainer and Mike Epps have been cast in the Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton roles, respectively, with John Schultz (“Like Mike”) directing.
Blaustein and Sheffield, who first hooked up on “Saturday Night Live,” are best known for scripting a quartet of Eddie Murphy comedies — both “Nutty Professor” pics, “Boomerang” and “Coming to America.” Danny Jacobson wrote the original script, and Saladin Patterson (“The Fighting Temptations”) did a rewrite.
Friendly is producing with Deep River partner Marc Turtletaub, Julie Durk and Eric Rhone of Visions Management Group. Hal Ross is exec producing.
“The Honeymooners” originated in 1951 as a recurring sketch on “DuMont’s Cavalcade of Stars” and moved with Gleason to CBS as a running gag on “The Jackie Gleason Show.” Gleason turned the concept into a series that ran for 39 episodes in 1955 and 1956.