ABC is working out a series adaptation of the 2002 romantic comedy Maid in Manhattan, which starred Jennifer Lopez. The new series will be scripted by Chad Hodge and executive produced by Lopez, Joe Roth and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the hourlong dramedy is not a remake of the hit feature, which centered on Marisa Ventura (Lopez), a struggling single mother from the Bronx who works as a maid at a swanky Manhattan hotel, where a rising politician guest (Ralph Fiennes) falls for her after mistaking her for a wealthy socialite.
"The show is a different maid in a different Manhattan," Hodge said.
The lead in the TV version will still be a young Latina from the Bronx working at a Manhattan hotel who tries to make it in the world. But the series will focus mostly on her relationships with co-workers.
"While the hotel's clientele is an obvious part of this world, I'm more interested in the downstairs part of Upstairs, Downstairs " Hodge said, referring to the classic British series.