Doubling down on two TV trends — mining nostalgic movies for TV source materials and the new fall shows’ infatuation with romantic comedies — ABC has given a put pilot with a heavy penalty to a half-hour comedy anthology series based on the raunchy Tom Hanks comedy “Bachelor Party.”
The project, which hails from Small Dog Picture Co. and the Walcott Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television, plans to examine relationships and the institution of marriage through the lens of three couples: one about to get married, another recently divorced and a third just falling in love. They will experience the trial-by-fire that is the modern day, co-ed bachelor/bachelorette extravaganza.
“Bachelor Party” is co-created by JJ Philbin and Josh Malmuth, with Philbin executive producing and Malmuth co-executive producing. Additional executive producers are Jason Winer, Max Winkler, Jake Johnson and Renate Radford, with Mary Lee serving as producer. Winer and Winkler will alternate directing duties in series. Schedule permitting, Winer will direct the pilot.
This is not the only adaptation of a Hanks vehicle to surface during this season. Fox recently nabbed a comedy event series based on “Big” from “Enlisted” exec producers Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce.
Philbin and Malmuth are repped by UTA, Winer is repped by ICM, Mosaic, Morris/Yorn, Johnson is repped by UTA , 3 Arts and attorney Karl Austen and Winkler is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Austen.