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‘Manchild’ matures

Showtime adaptation adds creative duo

Showtime’s take on BBC hit “Manchild” is picking up steam, with Darren Star coming aboard as exec producer and feature scribe Michael Traeger set to write the pilot.

Feevee cabler quietly picked up rights to the Blighty import early last year, pacting with Sony Pictures TV to adapt the Nick Fisher-created show for the U.S. market.

With Star and Traeger now attached, however, the project is finally moving forward, though production on a pilot has not yet been greenlit.

It’s somehow appropriate that Star is now involved: Original “Manchild” often was described as a sort of male “Sex and the City.” Skein revolved around a group of Brit males in their late 40s, all of whom were enduring some sort of midlife crisis.

“I loved the arena of fortysomething guys,” Star told Daily Variety. “When you’re a man in your 40s, in some ways it’s the best time of your life. In some cases, your youth may be leaving, but you’re still attractive to women because you have money.”

Traeger, one of Variety‘s “10 Directors to Watch” in 2005, wrote and helmed “The Moguls,” which stars Jeff Bridges as an amateur porn filmmaker. It closed the 2005 Santa Barbara Film Festival. Scribe’s other credits include “Dead Man on Campus.”

“Manchild” rounds out a long list of projects in the work at Star’s Sony-based shingle, which is headed by Susie Fitzgerald.

Producer has two-for-one deals at ABC and the WB, as well as scripts in the works at CBS, Fox and the WB.

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