Fox has given a pilot order to a U.S. take on British laffer “Outnumbered.”
Project, from 20th Century Fox TV, Chernin Entertainment, Hat Trick Prods. and scribes Barbara Wallace and Thomas Wolfe, reps Fox’s second stab at adapting the hit British series.
This time around, 20th and Fox note that “Outnumbered” is being produced out of the traditional pilot cycle, in order to avoid the crunch of pilot season and have an easier time finding talent.
Fox and 20th took a similar strategy last year on “Raising Hope,” the fall sitcom that was shot as a pilot early in the development process.
Wallace and Wolfe are writing the adaptation and serve as exec producers. Also on board as exec producers are Chernin’s Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope and Hat Trick’s Jimmy Mulville.
“Outnumbered” centers on two parents who are overwhelmed by their three kids.
Fox picked up a previous adaptation of “Outnumbered” as a pilot in 2008 from MRC. That version, which starred Ken Marino and Brooke Bloom and was adapted by writer Larry Levin, ultimately wasn’t ordered to series.
Hat Trick is behind Showtime’s upcoming Matt LeBlanc comedy “Episodes,” and was also a producer on Comedy Central’s “Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire.”