NBC is teaming with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment and Sony TV on a new sitcom for which they’ve given a script commitment plus penalty.
The twist? It’s a reboot the 1985 Val Kilmer movie “Real Genius”. That film starred the actor as a college senior working on a chemical laser at the fictitious Pacific Tech University.
The reboot will turn the story into a modern-day workplace comedy focusing on the relationship of two incompatible co-workers. Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics”) and David King (“Parks and Recreation”) are penning the script.
Meanwhile, Netflix is partnering with Saban Brands and ZAG Entertainment on a new original show about the late 1980s toy line and cartoon “Popples”.
The toys are brightly colored creatures who live in the world of Popplopolis and can transform from fluffy balls into furry friends. their good intentions backfire in comedic ways, leading them to find crazy ways to undo the mayhem they’ve caused.
Each episode will focus on key characters like Bubbles, Sunny, Lulu, Izzy and Yikes. Twenty-six half-hour episodes have been ordered for the streaming service and will be available online next year.