Matthew Perry is going from a Friend to one half of an Odd Couple.
The actor will star in and executive-produce a TV update of Neil Simon’s classic play for CBS, our sister site Deadline reports.
The multi-camera comedy project, which has a script commitment, follows two mismatched roommates: the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and neat freak Felix Unger.
Danny Jacobson (Mad About You) will co-pen the pilot with Perry, who previously headlined NBC’s Go On and ABC’s Mr. Sunshine.
The Odd Couple began as a Broadway show in 1965 with actors Art Carney (as Felix) and Walter Matthau (as Oscar), who reprised his role for the 1968 movie opposite Jack Lemmon. A TV series adaptation, starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, later ran for five seasons on ABC.
“Ever since seeing the movie The Odd Couple when I was 10 years old, it has been a dream for me to play Oscar Madison,” Perry tells Deadline. “To be given the opportunity to develop a modern version of it for CBS has put a permanent smile across my face. I met up with a wonderful writing partner in Danny Jacobson. We both have such a passion for the source material that we have instantly become obsessed with making this great. Plus, I think it’s time for me to be in front of a live audience again. I miss that. The search for Felix Unger is on!”
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