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ABC’s ‘Footballer’s Wives’ gets the greenlight

'Superman's' Singer loosely attached to direct

ABC’s adaptation of Blighty sudser “Footballers’ Wives” scored two touchdowns Monday, snagging a pilot greenlight and a potential big-name director in the form of Bryan Singer.

Chris Brancato and Bert Salke are exec producing the new take on “Wives,” with Marco Pennette writing and exec producing via Touchstone Television. ABC first ordered a script for the project last summer (Daily Variety, Aug. 30).

Singer wasn’t originally involved in “Wives” but is now loosely attached to direct.

Helmer inked a three-for-one development deal with ABC last summer to develop projects under his Bad Hat Harry Prods. banner. As a result, it’s possible he could end up directing a pilot other than “Wives.”

A rep for Singer said the “Superman Returns” and “X-Men” director hasn’t yet decided which script he’ll helm under the terms of his ABC deal.

Singer’s last TV pilot was Fox’s “House.” He remains an exec producer on the skein.

“Wives” is based on the Shed Prods. format that became a phenom in Blighty. New take will be set in the world of pro football rather than soccer but will retain much of the over-the-top spirit of the original.

Shed’s Eileen Gallagher, Ann McManus and Maureen Chadwicke are aboard as exec producers of the U.S. “Wives.” Original skein, which ran for four years on ITV and spawned a spinoff, was a campy mix of “Dallas” and “Desperate Housewives” revolving around three ordinary women whose lives are transformed by the celebrity and fortune that come with marriage to sports superstars.