by Dan Gibson
It's possible that the number of people who believe that the Val Kilmer film Real Genius is one of the great movies of the 1980's is fewer than I would hope or suspect, however, I would imagine that most people might agree that a TV show reboot of the film by Adam Sandler's production company might not be the best idea:
NBC is developing Real Genius, a single-camera comedy based on the 1985 movie starring Val Kilmer. The project, which has received a script commitment plus penalty, hails from Sony TV, whose sibling label TriStar Pictures produced the movie; Adam Sandler’s Sony-based company Happy Madison; and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Even stranger, the film set at a slightly tweaked version of Cal Tech, will be turned into a workplace comedy, which is odd since the source material for this show is entirely based at a college, but hey, what do I know?:
Written by Workaholics co-executive producer Craig DiGregorio and David King (Parks And Recreation), Real Genius is a present-day reboot of the cult film, set as a workplace comedy. The show centers on the relationship between a rock star-like genius — the character Kilmer played in the movie — and a sheltered, naive co-worker.
Also, let's move the show up to the present day AND BASICALLY MAKE THIS SHOW NOTHING LIKE THE MOVIE AT ALL. Perhaps that's for the best. A show catching up with these characters in the present day would probably be depressing, but why not just pick up where the movie left off? Shows set in the 80's have done reasonably well: although I haven't actually seen The Goldbergs, it's on for a second season; The Americans keeps plugging away and more people love the late Freaks and Geeks by the day, it seems. Just taking the name and the most basic plot point from the film just seems strange, but then again, nearly every idea that Adam Sandler has been attached to in the last decade seems strange to me and I'm sure in the wake of The Big Bang Theory, everyone's trying to get in the nerd business, so I'm not sure why I'm surprised.
In the meantime, I'm going to crank up "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and eat some popcorn.