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CBS developing ‘Bewitched’ remake

Net orders script, with Wick and Fisher to exec produce for Sony TV

CBS has ordered a script from Sony Pictures Television for a remake of the classic laffer “Bewitched.”

Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher, the married couple behind the 2005 film version, are onboard to exec produce through their Red Wagon shingle. Marc Lawrence (“Did You Hear About the Morgans?”), who will write the script, is also an exec producer.

Bewitched” had an eight-season run on ABC starting in 1964.

It’s no surprise that CBS would gravitate to a project with a pre-sold brand like “Bewitched,” having scored one of the few hits of the 2010-11 season with “Hawaii Five-0,” another TV reboot. Sony also is behind another remake getting buzz heading into the coming season, “Charlie’s Angels,” on ABC.

The “Bewitched” film didn’t exactly bewitch moviegoers at the box office, though, even with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell as its stars. Pic earned just $63 million domestically, and reportedly cost upward of $80 million. It grossed an additional $68 million overseas.

Sony, which was the studio behind the film version as well, has managed to sell the “Bewitched” format overseas in recent years, with adapations in the United Kingdom, Russia and Russia.

“Bewitched” is just one of about a dozen comedy scripts Sony has gotten orders from at the broadcast level even though it’s still relatively early in the development season. CBS declined comment.

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