The Flamingo Kid Comedy Series in Development at ABC Studios

The Flamingo Kid TV Series

Disney’s long-gestating big-screen Flamingo Kid reboot appears to have quietly morphed into a prospective TV series.

I’m hearing ABC Studios is in the very early stages of developing a half-hour comedy adaptation of Garry Marshall’s 1984 film, which starred Matt Dillon as a working-class kid who takes a summer job at a tony beach resort to stalk be close to the girl of his dreams.

ABC is on the hunt for a writer to spearhead the project, which continues the TV biz’ current obsession with turning popular flicks into TV series (see also: CBS’ Rush Hour and Limitless, Fox’s Minority Report and Urban Cowboy, and ABC’s Uncle Buck). In the past week alone, CBS and The CW announced plans for small-screen adaptations of Training Day and The Notebook, respectively.

The Flamingo Kid, which was set in the early ’60s, also starred Hector Elizondo, Jessica Walter, Fisher Stevens, Steven Weber and a then-unknown Marisa Tomei. Back in 2012, Deadline reported that Disney had teamed with Brett Ratner on a remake, with Nzingha Stewart (For Colored Girls) on board to write the script. 

A rep for ABC Studios declined to comment.

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