Hugh Grant is in need of a comeback.
But this is not a story about that hypothetical comeback. (Although Grant fans should most definitely check out his crazy, cruel and fantastic performances in the upcoming Cloud Atlas.)
Instead, news has broke that one of Grant’s finer films, his last great one with him in a leading role, is getting adapted into a television series. About a Boy featured Grant as a cynical, well-off bachelor incapable of forming real human connections, but when a teenager (Nicholas Hoult) facing his own social obstacles form an unlikely friendship with him they both learn that growing up doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Chris and Paul Weitz adapted the Nick Hornby novel for the big screen in 2002, and the story (in both mediums) is a wonderfully warm, often acerbic look at relationships and loving the people who matter most.
Per Deadline, Jason Katims (executive producer on Friday Night Lights and Parenthood) brought the project to NBC after Fox passed on a previous incarnation back in 2003 that would have starred Patrick Dempsey. Thank god for that. I mean, if it had aired and become a hit we may never have had McDreamy.
The show is planned as a single camera, half hour sitcom, but as it’s still in the early stages there’s no news as to casting or when we can expect it to air.