NBC has ordered a pilot for a new television series based on the popular movie, Marley & Me. The film, which was released on Christmas Day in 2008, was created from a book of the same title written by John Grogan.
Directed by David Frankel, produced by Gil Netter and Karen Rosenfelt, and screen written by Don Roos and Scott Frank, the Marley & Me movie starred Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Alan Arkin, and Eric Dane, earning $14.75 million on opening day, as well as more than $240 million at the box office and an additional $71 million in DVD sales.
The film’s story revolves around John and Jenny Grogan who soon after getting married leave the cold winters of Michigan for South Florida. Although, they are both hired as reporters, they end up working for competing newspapers. Jenny lands front-page assignments while John is left with mundane work such as writing obituaries.
At one point, Jenny begins to think about becoming a mother, to which the couple’s friend and coworker, Sebastian, recommends they adopt a dog to see if they are ready for a family. Jenny and John choose an adorable yellow Labrador who they name Marley, after Bob Marley, the late reggae singer.
However, Marley is a handful, creating one challenge after another. Even after being enrolled in obedience school, he gets expelled. John quickly realizes the misadventures of Marley provide excellent material for his newspaper column. This warm and fuzzy family film was a huge success and because of that, NBC feels the time is right for a television sequel.
For the upcoming series, Jenny Bicks, known for her work on Sex and the City, will write and executive produce. As in the movie, the new show will feature John and Jenny but added to the cast will be two boys, aged 14 and 11. In the television series, the family moves back to Florida after having moved away so he can restart his newspaper column.
Although the original Marley has since passed away, another yellow puppy shows up on the couple’s doorstep and to simplify things he too is named Marley. Just like in the first go-around, Marley number two has some behavioral issues. However, the dog plays a critical role in the everyday fun and challenges of family life.
At this time, no official date for the pilot has been provided but if the Marley & Me television series follows in the footsteps of the book and movie, it will quickly gain a loyal following.