Fox is developing a half-hour comedy based on the supermarket tabloid “Weekly World News.”
Scribes John Aboud and Michael Colton (“Leverage”) are on board to turn the rag — known for its coverage of all things UFO, Bigfoot, Elvis (who’s apparently still alive) and other anomalies — into a sitcom.
20th Century Fox TV and DreamWorks TV are producing. DreamWorks TV toppers Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank are exec producing along with Aboud and Colton.
Aboud’s and Colton’s other credits include the feature “The Comebacks” and the Fox animated series “Sit Down, Shut Up.” The duo have also regularly been seen in front of the camera making jokes on clip shows such as VH1’s “Best Week Ever.”
The Weekly World News, known for its outlandish stories yet always boasting that it reported nothing but the truth, stopped printing in 2007. The paper continues via its website, however, recently confirming that XBox Kinect was created by aliens and that rapper Lil Wayne planned to join the priesthood, among other stories.