Nearly 10 years ago, audiences embraced the big screen comedy Hitch, starring Will Smith as a “Date Doctor” who loses his own heart to a cynical journalist played by Eva Mendes. Now the movie is among the surprisingly large number of feature films currently being adapted for television.
This single-camera half-hour series in development at Fox is being executive produced by two of the same companies that produced the movie: Sony and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment. Smith himself, along with wife Jada Pinkett Smith and her younger brother Caleeb Pinkett, will serve as executive producers along with Overbrook’s James Lassiter.
Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, who have collaborated on many projects over the years, including the 2008 romantic comedy Made of Honor, will write the series.
This is not the first time efforts have been made to bring Hitch to television. In 2007 and 2010, other writers attempted to adapt the material for TV, the first at CBS and the second at Fox, but neither was developed.