Shortly after NBC killed its planned TV adaptation of the 1989 Cameron Crowe directed romantic comedy Say Anything, ABC has stepped in to announce that another film from that same year is heading to the small screen. Producer William Packer (Think Like a Man, Ride Along 2) and his Will Packer Prods. are planning an update of the classic John Hughes comedy Uncle Buck. Seeing as how John Hughes passed away many years ago, there should be no objections this time out.
That would be unlikely anyway, as this is the second time Uncle Buck has been adapted for the small screen. CBS launched their own Uncle Buck sitcom in 1990 with Kevin Meaney stepping into replace John Candy.
It's not yet known who will replace John Candy in this version, which will be a half-hour multi-camera comedy. It is being produced by Universal TV, and will follow an Uncle, described as a childish man, who arrives to care for his younger brother's trio of children all varying in age. The project is part of the first-look deal William Packer signed with Universal TV last year.
The original Uncle Buck proved to be a big hit when it debuted in August of 1989, pulling in $80 million. It stands as one of John Candy's most iconic roles in a long career of memorable performances.