Recently came the announcement that sitcom producing legend Norman Lear had closed a new two-year first look deal with Sony Pictures Television, one which would bring many of his iconic shows under the company’s umbrella.
With a remake of “One Day at a Time” going strong at Netflix, it was reasonable to assume that some other famous shows of his like “All in the Family,” “Maude” and “Good Times” might all be going the way of ‘reimaginings’ for the modern era. Speaking at the TCA this week, Lear says that’s not the plan for now – rather the deal allows for some unused ideas to be brought to life:
“I have no intention of doing ‘All In The Family’ again, I promise you that. No ‘Maude’ or any of them. We did that. However, there are ideas that we were working on at that same time that were bubbling in the same creative pipeline and that’s part of what I’m looking at now. I’m looking at ideas you’ve never heard of. I have about 100 ideas that go back 30 or 40 years, some only 12 years or 10 years. These are the ideas that we’ve had and nurtured for the longest time that we will imagine or reimagine.”
Sony’s deal announcement made it clear that it did include an ‘option to re-imagine titles from his extensive library including All In The Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, to name a few’. They are unlikely to proceed though without Lear’s consent.