B.C.’s own Back to the Future star Michael J. Fox is planning to return to television, and networks are reportedly in a “feeding frenzy” in hopes of snapping up the comeback comedy from the beloved actor.
According to Vulture.com, Fox has teamed up with Easy A director Will Gluck and Arrested Development writer Sam Layborne to develop a single-camera comedy said to be inspired by Fox’s actual life.
After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, Fox stepped down from his hit sitcom Spin City in 1998. Since then, Fox has devoted himself to raising money for Parkinson’s research, but has kept active in Hollywood by taking on occasional acting work, delivering memorable guest-starring roles in such TV series as Boston Legal, The Good Wife, Rescue Me and Curb Your Enthusiasm, in which the former Back to the Future star engaged in a hilarious feud with Larry David.
Vulture.com is reporting that all U.S. networks have heard the pitch, and a “bidding war” is currently underway. So desirable is this project, rumour has it that whichever network lands the series will likely give it an automatic pilot commitment or possibly even go straight to series without a pilot, something that doesn’t often happen in the TV biz.
The still-untitled comedy is being developed for a 2013 launch.