NBC has picked up “Marley & Me,” a single-camera comedy sequel series to the hit 2008 comedy-drama film starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson.
The 20th Century Fox TV-produced project has received a put pilot commitment with the original film’s director David Frankel on board to direct the potential pilot. Jenny Bicks (“Sex and the City”) will write the script.
The original film followed John and Jenny Grogan, a couple who take in a puppy as they consider parenthood. This follow-up has them and their kids moving back to Florida where John can take up his newspaper column once again.
A stray puppy ends up on their doorstep and they are forced to adopt it, naming the pooch Marley as the unimaginative cheapskates opt to re-use the original Marley’s old leash and tags on her.
The “destructive and delightful” pooch will shed light on the emotional pains of the family, their neighbors and the fellow dog owners around them.
The series continues a slew of other movies that are getting series adaptations in the near future including “The Illusionist,” “In Good Company,” “Underworld,” “Resident Evil,” “The Mortal Instruments,” “Monster-in-Law,” “Rush Hour,” “Uncle Buck,” “Big,””Real Genius,” “In America” and the already produced “12 Monkeys”.