Pilot season is currently in full swing, with NBC issuing a pilot order for Problem Child. The half-hour sitcom is based on the 1990 feature film comedy of the same name, which starred John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck and Michael Oliver as the title character. The original movie followed a couple who get conned into adopting a seemingly-normal 7-year-old boy, before learning that he leaves destruction everywhere he goes.
The series is described as a family show, following two parents' "cat-and-mouse game" with their brilliant yet devilish child. Scot Armstrong, who wrote features such as Road Trip, Old School and The Hangover Part II, wrote the pilot script. The writer will also serve as an executive producer alongside Imagine Television's Brian Grazer, TBD Entertainment's Peter Traugott and Universal TV's Rachel Kaplan.
The original Problem Child movie, which also starred Jack Warden, Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Richards and Peter Jurasik, earned $72 million worldwide on just a $10 million budget. It spawned the sequels Problem Child 2 (1991) and Problem Child 3 (1995). Problem Child is currently the third pilot ordered this week that is based on an existing movie, following Rush Hour and Limitless, both of which were picked up by CBS.