Earlier this week, director Cameron Crowe was successful in killing off a planned TV show based on his first directorial feature Say Anything. Now, the families of John Hughes and John Candy are attempting to achieve the same results, rallying against ABC's plans for an Uncle Buck sitcom.
Neither John Candy nor John Hughes are still among the living, having passed on many years ago. But the families of both have united to voice their disapproval of this impending project. The following statement was sent to Deadline:
The families feel a strong attachment to the original film which symbolized the great and unique collaboration between Hughes and Candy. Recalling that the director was displeased with first Uncle Buck TV show effort which failed on CBS in 1990, it is well expected that he would not be supportive of this current attempt.
The new Uncle Buck TV show is being developed as a multi-camera comedy. Universal TV, the ones producing the sitcom, are within their legal rights to move forward on the project, which is coming from William Packer via his Will Packer Prods. He is also the producer on franchise comedies Think Like a Man and Ride Along. It is assumed, but not confirmed, that this new iteration will see an African-American comedian or actor taking over the role of Uncle Buck as originated by John Candy.
Universal holds the rights to exploit its past catalogue of work, and they apparently did so back in 1990 with their Uncle Buck sitcom starring Kevin Meaney. At the time, they moved forward despite John Hughes' objects. Even though that is true, it is still considered good form for the studio to get the blessing from the original creators of the material and their estates, especially considering their emotional attachment to the material.
Last year, Angela Lansbury spoke publicly against a planned reboot of Murder, She Wrote which was to star Octavia Spencer. While her comments didn't have a direct impact on the project, it was ultimately cancelled. We'll have to wait and see what fate awaits this new iteration of Uncle Buck. If it is cancelled, more and more creators and their families may start to come forward about to stop remakes and reboots from happening.