"Father Knows Best" being made into movie

TV Arts


New Regency, Fox know 'Best'
Studios set TV's 'Father' for bigscreen
'Father Knows Best'

New Regency and 20th Century Fox are teaming to turn the classic TV
series "Father Knows Best" into a feature.
A rights deal has been closed, and Chad and Dara Creasey have been set
to write the script. Gary Foster will produce.

The contemporized film will involve a father whose modern-day
parenting displeases his more traditional father, who comes to live
with the family. They clash over which father knows best.

Hollywood has long been attracted to the idea of making a film out of
the series that starred Robert Young. "Father Knows Best" began on NBC
radio in 1949, moved to TV in 1954 and ran until 1960, when Young
called it quits even though the show was peaking in popularity.

Universal tried to make a film in 1994 with a script by "Brokeback
Mountain" scribes Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, with Young serving
as a consultant. That didn't pan out, and the project was refashioned
as a comedy in 2003 by Paramount and Nickelodeon, which once had Tim
Allen attached to play the dad, with a script by Bob Hilgenberg and
Rob Muir.

Foster, Fox and Regency spent the last eight months pulling together a
rights deal that involved the estates of Young and of the show's
creators and producers.

Harold Berkowitz will be exec producer.

The Creaseys are the husband and wife scribe team who wrote "Aaron and
Sarah," a romantic comedy that David O. Russell will direct at Fox
May it succeed like the Tom Arnold "McHale's Navy" did. Minus ten

MN was _the_ first movie we watched when our family got our "cheater
box" (illegal Zenith descrambler with the faux brown woodgrain) to get
free paytv and PPV (as well as US Superstations). (((STILLL))) wasn't
worth watching  for its price (free!).