Sonnenfeld to Helm ‘Funny in Farsi’

Comedy will center on Iranian girl growing up in California.

Last Updated: November 30, 2009 @ 12:06 PM

Barry Sonnenfeld is taking up Persian at ABC.

The network has handed out a pilot order to the single-camera comedy "Funny in Farsi," with Sonnenfeld on board to direct and executive produce.

Based on Firoozeh Dumas’ memoir, the ABC Studios-produced "Farsi" is inspired by the Iranian-born author’s experiences growing up in Newport Beach, Calif., during the 1970s. Dumas was 7 when her dad, an engineer, moved her family from Iran to the U.S.

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter.