NBC has a real dog on its hands with its latest development project.
The network is developing an adaptation of the 2008 Owen Wilson-Jennifer Aniston film “Marley & Me,” which will be written and executive produced by Jenny Bicks (“Sex and the City,” “The Big C”).
The single-camera comedy project, which has received a put pilot commitment from the network, will be a sequel to the film, which was based on the John Grogan best-seller. John and Jenny Grogan and their two boys, now 14 and 11, have just moved back to Florida so that John can take up his newspaper column once again.
However, when a stray puppy (“owned”, but not well, by their neighbors) ends up on their doorstep, they are forced to adopt it. This dog, named Marley for the fact that they use Marley’s old leash and tags on her, is as willful, destructive and delightful as her original namesake. She will help shed light not only on the growing pains of the Grogan family, but also the lives of the neighbors, and fellow dog-owners, around them.
David Frankel (“The Devil Wears Prada”) will direct and also executive produce. Karen Rosenfelt is also executive producing.
UTA represents Bicks, while WME represents Frankel.