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'Real Genius' TV Show Happening with 'Workaholics' Producer

24 September 2014 1:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

NBC is moving forward on a small screen reboot of the 1985 cult comedy classic Real Genius, turning it into a single-camera sitcom.

Workaholics co-executive producer Craig Digregorio is co-writing and executive producing the pilot episode alongside Parks and Recreation's David King.

The Real Genius TV Show has received a script commitment, and is being produced through Adam Sandler's Happy Madison banner and Sony TV.

The series will be a present-day reboot of the movie, set as a workplace comedy. The story will follow the relationship between a rock star-like genius, who was originally played by Val Kilmer, and one of his sheltered, very naive co-workers. Martha Coolidge directed the original, which opened in August of 1985 and grossed $13 million, before becoming a mainstay on VHS during the home video boom of the mid-80s.

Now the next question is, will Val Kilmer return in some capacity?

Real Genius was released August 7th, »

- MovieWeb

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Real Genius Headed to TV, Half Hour Series to be Produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison

24 September 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

I'm probably too close to Real Genius to make an objective call as to whether it's a great movie or not, but damn do I love it.  I often used to consider Val Kilmer's carefree but brilliant Chris Knight my spirit animal until I realized I was neither brilliant or carefree.  Martha Coolidge's 1985 comedy also gave us the great characters of Lazlo (played by Jon Gries), Jordan (Michelle Meyrink) and even Mitch Taylor (Gabriel Jarret) not to mention two all-timer douchebag villains in William Atherton's Jerry Hathaway and Robert Prescott's Kent. I'm itching to watch that movie even as I type this.  Will Adam Sandler's Happy Madison, Sony TV, 3 Arts and NBC be able to recapture that excitement?  Hard to tell so far, but they're going to have to try because they're making Real Genius as a half-hour comedy.  Hit the jump for more on the Real Genius TV Show. »

- Evan Dickson

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