ABC Announces "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" TV Pilot
Snap! Just when I thought the network that has already given us the heart-healthy diet of "Desperate Housewives", "Lost", "Grey's Anatomy", "Brothers and Sisters", "Ugly Betty" and has recently announced NFL-based version of British hit "Footballers' Wives" couldn't get any better...
...a press release is issued to prove me wrong.
Variety reported yesterday the network has greenlighted a small-screen take on the infamous Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt feature "Mr. and Mrs. Smith".
The men behind the motion picture version, Doug Liman (The O.C.) and Simon Kinberg (Heist), will reprise their roles as executive producers and writers.
They have both praised the network for giving them plenty of time to develop the project and finish up their current film "Jumper" starring Samuel L. Jackson, Hayden Christensen and The O.C.'s Rachel Bilson.
The show is described as "Married with Children" with guns. Action will pick up six months after the events in the movie. Kinberg says: "The show takes all the marital issues a couple has and blows them up to action-genre size."
The tone of the pilot will be more comedic than the feature and possibly even a bit darker.
Casting for the pilot will begin shortly and the shooting is planned for March.
The project is planned for broadcast in the 2007-2008 television season.
Finally, a piece of TV trivia - CBS had already developed a similar project of the same name in 1996, starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello.
That version was however canceled after 2 months.