UPDATE: Less than a day after 20th Century Fox TV sold its Say Anything TV series to NBC, the studio has pulled out. The decision comes in the wake of Cameron Crowe — the film’s director — publicly declaring his objection to the project.

Although 20th Century Fox TV has full rights to the story and characters, reports say executives quickly balked at the TV adaptation upon hearing Cameron wouldn’t provide his blessing.


Yesterday’s news that the classic teen rom-com Say Anything was being updated and rebooted as a TV sitcom has not gone over well with the person who created the original: writer/director Cameron Crowe.

Deadline reported that NBC is planning a new series based on Crowe’s 1989 directorial debut, updating the story a decade after the events of the movie. “Set in present day, the Say Anything series picks up 10 years later,”; says Deadline. “Lloyd [played in the movie by John Cusack] has long since been dumped by Diane [Ione Skye] and life hasn’t exactly turned out like he thought. But when Diane surprisingly returns home, Lloyd is inspired to “dare to be great’ once again, get Diane back and reboot his life.”;

Responding to the news on Twitter, Crowe revealed that not only does he have nothing to do with the project, he also plans on doing whatever he can to put the kibosh on it:

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsAs Crowe noted, don’t expect star John Cusack to reprise the role of Lloyd for the small screen, as he likewise tweeted that he will have no part in any Say Anything reboot by describing the idea as “exploitation of other people’s sincere efforts in shameless slime.”;  



Given this vehement opposition, it’s unclear whether NBC still plans to proceed with a Say Anything series.