NBC has issued a put pilot order for a Marley & Me TV show, which picks up where the movie left off. NBC acquired the project in a competitive bidding situation. The pilot will be written by Jenny Bicks,
The story follows John and Jenny Grogan, the characters played by Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston in the 2008 movie, who have moved back to Florida with their two sons, ages 14 and 11, so John can get back to work as a newspaper columnist. They find a stray puppy on their doorstep, which belongs to their neighbors, although the Grogan's end up adopting him. They name the puppy Marley, using the old tags from their beloved pet, who is just as destructive and adorable as the original Marley.
David Frankel, who directed the feature adaptation of John Grogan's book, will direct the pilot episode and executive produce alongside Jenny Bicks and Karen Rosenfelt. 20th Century Fox Television is producing the series.
This marks the latest in a string of movie-to-TV adaptations that have sprung up in recent months, including Rush Hour, Big, Monster-in-Law, Minority Report, Problem Child, Real Genius, In Good Company, The Illusionist and Westworld. NBC was developing a show based on Say Anything, but it fell apart after director Cameron Crowe voiced his objections.