Fox has put into development a new half-hour TV series based on the 2005 hit comedy film Hitch, which starred Will Smith. The actor is attached to executive produce the new series, which has received a script commitment by Fox.
Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Made of Honor) are writing the pilot script, which is described as a workplace comedy that explores dating and "sexual politics." The original movie starred Will Smith as a professional matchmaker/ date doctor, whose life is turned upside down when he meets the girl of his dreams (Eva Mendes). Kevin James and Amber Valetta co-starred in director Andy Tennant's comedy, which earned $370 million worldwide during its theatrical run.
Will Smith will executive produce alongside his wife ||Jada Pinkett Smith and their Overbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter and Caleb Pinkett. The producers previously were working on TV adaptations in 2007 and 2010 at CBS and Fox respectively, with different writers, but neither incarnation moved forward.
Hitch is Fox's third movie-to-TV project the network has acquired recently, alongside Big and Monster-in-Law. There are several others TV adaptations in the works at other networks, such as CBS' Rush Hour and In Good Company, CW's The Illusionist, Showtime's In The Heat Of The Night, and NBC's Marley & Me, The Money Pit and Problem Child.