According to The Hollywood Reporter, remakes of hit 2005 feature Mr & Mrs Smith and 2001 pilot More Patience highlight the latest crop of pilot pickups at the broadcast networks. ABC has picked up Mr & Mrs Smith, based on Doug Liman's film about a married pair of assassins for hire, for midseason 2006-07 or fall 2007 consideration.
Regency TV, co-venture of the film's producer, New Regency; and Fox TV Studios will produce the pilot, penned and exec produced by the feature's writer, Simon Kinberg. Liman and Dave Bartis also are exec producing through their company, which has changed its name from Hypnotic to Dutch Oven. Liman also is expected to direct, subject to availability.