Numerous film and TV projects from the past have been getting the reboot treatment in recent years, and the latest reboot coming our way is “What About Bob?”, the 1991 cult comedy starring Bill Murray as a psychiatric patient so crazy he winds up driving his fed-up shrink (Richard Dreyfuss) into a murderously insane rage.
According to Deadline, NBC is keen on reviving the concept as a TV series, but with a gender-reversing twist that would see a female patient tormenting a female psychiatrist in “What About Barb?”
“Written and executive produced by veteran comedy writing duo, Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, ‘What About Barb?’ centres on a psychotherapist who tries to cut ties with her most overbearing patient,” reports Deadline, “but is unsuccessful and gains an annoying family member in the process.”
So far, the network is only ordering a pilot; if execs like what they see, “What About Barb?” could find a home on the network’s 2017-2018 lineup.
“What About Barb?” is the latest in a string of TV revivals of hit films, ranging from ABC’s short-lived reboot of “Uncle Buck” to CBS’s soon-to-debut “Training Day”, starring Bill Paxton in the Denzel Washington role from the Oscar-nominated crime drama.