ABC is set to reboot the 80’s dramedy series The Wonder Years, as the studio has handed out a pilot production commitment. If the pilot is approved, ABC will open a writer’s room for the possibility of a series pickup.
The reboot comes from Empire co-creator Lee Daniels, executive producer Saladin K. Patterson (Two and a Half Men), the original series’ breakout star Fred Savage and 20th Century Fox TV. The new take focuses on how a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, in the turbulent late ’60s made sure it was “the wonder years” for them, too.
Savage will direct the potential pilot. He and Patterson executive produce the half-hour project with Lee Daniels Entertainment’ Daniels and Marc Velez.
Neal Marlens, who co-created the original series with Carol Black, will be a consultant. 20th TV, which owns the rights to the 1988 series, is the studio. Part of Disney TV Studios, 20th TV has overall deals with Daniels, Patterson, and Savage.
The original series ran for six seasons on ABC from 1988 to 1993, and followed Kevin Arnold (Savage) who recalls growing up during the late 60s and early 70s; during the turbulent social times make the transition from child to adult unusually interesting. The series was narrated by Arnold as an adult, and played by Daniel Stern (Home Alone).
The series also starred Dan Lauria co-starred as his father Jack, Alley Mills as his mother Norma, Jason Hervey as his brother Wayne, Olivia d’Abo as his sister Karen, Josh Saviano as his best friend Paul Pfeiffer, and Danica McKellar as his girlfriend Winnie Cooper.